"A thriller... think TRAFFIC, only current and real."
- Daniel Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter
"The danger and risks these filmmakers undertake to demonstrate the vast scope of the opioid crisis is absolutely palpable."
- Melanie McFarland, Salon
"The documentarian Matthew Heineman has shown an uncanny ability to gain access to hard-to-reach people and places."
- Noel Murray, New York Times
"Heineman's style is bracing. His camera stays on the brink of conflict -- emotional, psychological, physical..."
- Jeffrey Fleishman, LA Times
Directed/Produced by Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Matthew Heineman for SHOWTIME, THE TRADE is the daring follow-up to Heineman's CARTEL LAND. This character-driven vérité documentary series takes viewers from Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, examining how the opioid epidemic has ravaged both sides of the border. This interwoven narrative transcends the headlines to convey, with humanity and nuance, the scope and gravity of the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses, and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.
THE TRADE is a five part docu-series that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before debuting on SHOWTIME February 2nd, 2018. In a network first, the entire first season of THE TRADE was made available for non-subscribers and can be viewed on YouTube, Showtime, and several other streaming platforms.