Cannabis Sets You Free

by Miha Čelar

Konoplja osvobaja, documentary
Expected delivery: Q2 2022
SI, HR, RS, IT, AT

Cannabis Sets You Free is a documentary essay that tells the story of the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis use. The team is researching the situation and legal regulations in Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain and the USA. The main protagonist of the story is Slovenian Janko Pirc, who was accused of illegal cannabis production and processing in Slovenia, where legislation is still not regulated, and then won his case at the Supreme Court, where he was acquitted of all charges. Thereafter Janko opened a store with cannabis products, which helps many patients in Slovenia and beyond. In the film, we meet people in each country who are pioneers of local production and processing. Many of them became civil society activists in the course of their efforts, and some had to go to prison because of cannabis. The cannabis industry is becoming one of the most profitable in the world today so Big Pharma, centres of power and capital are rapidly entering it. There is a possibility that future legislation will be tailor-made, catering to their interests alone, leaving individuals and civil society without the legal possibility of cultivation. Cannabis, in a way, is also becoming one of the symbols of civil society rights and the little man in the fight against the state and the corporations. The narrator in the film is the former Yugoslav rock star, human rights activist and conservationist Antonije Pušić, a.k.a. Rambo Amadeus.

screenwriter
Miha Čelar
director
Miha Čelar
animators
Iztok Šuc Hribar, Gregor Kocjančič, Marijana Jakelič
directors of photography
Rožle Bregar, Miha Tozon, Tomislav Krnić
cast
Rambo Amadeus, Janko Pirc
production
Astral film
co-production
RTV Slovenija, Wolfgang i Dolly, AWARD Film & Video, Quasar Multimedia
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre

ASTRAL FILM

Miha Čelar
miha.celar@gmail.com

Miha Čelar

The director, writer and producer Miha Čelar (1970) focuses on creative, cross-media documentary films with social topics. He is the founder of Astral Film, a pocket Slovenian production house working on the development, (co-)production and distribution of cinematographic and television projects. Čelar’s filmography since 2010 includes six documentaries: Sons of Bora (2021), Kameleoni – The Beatles of Former Yugoslavia (2019), iIsland (2018), Codelli (2017), Irene, Goodnight (2017), Tatjana in Motherland (2015), Re-Inventing the Wheel (2015), and A Beautiful Mind (2014).