HBO's Ganja Queen debuts on Monday, June 30th, it's the latest in their summer Documentary series and this one will knock your socks off.
By the title, I expected the story of a notorious drug smuggler, what we get instead is a naive young Australian tourist traveling in Bali who ends up in facing the death sentence for smuggling marijuana into their country. A country, after watching this, I will never visit!
Think Midnight Express except that it's happening right now. Come to think of it, Midnight Express had a happy ending...
Ganja Queen is a horrifying journey into a nightmare scenario. Whether the young lady did it or not (and who can say for sure?) one thing is for certain - the filmmakers bring this desperate tale to full flower and its potency can't be denied. The ending will leave you reeling as an alternate but all too believable theory into how the pot got where it did is tossed out almost as an afterthought. This is a messy story of intrigue and needless suffering that, for better or worse, sticks with you after the film is over.
Watch Ganja Queen beginning Monday, June 30th at 9:00pm only on HBO.