While living in London in the late 1980s, producer Laura Bickford happened to watch a TV miniseries entitled "Traffic", which followed a drug route from Pakistan to Great Britain. As Bickford recalls, "The story stayed with me. When I moved back to the United States, I began to notice that, several times a week, newspapers were reporting on drug trafficking. There were social issue stories, stories about law enforcement and stories about prisons and drugs."
That was how the film "Traffic" (2000) got started. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, who is well-known for other films like "Erin Brockovich," this is a contemporary thriller about the world of the drug trade as seen through several interrelated stories, some of which are very personal and some of which are fun of intrigue and danger. A Mexican policeman, who works on the border, has to resist temptations of power and money. In the United States, Robert Wakefield is fighting against the drug traffic, but at home he must deal with his teenage daughter's addiction. As the director explains: "Drugs are one of the key social issues in our culture today: everyone knows someone who has been touched by it. This film shows how drugs are affecting our world, our children, families, politics, everything."
I. READING COMPREHENSION
ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1) What made L. Bickford produce the film "Traffic"?
2) Is there only one story in "Traffic"? Why?
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT.
3) L. Bickford was in London on holidays, when she watched the miniseries "Traffic".
4) In the United States, there was news on drugs weekly.
5) "Traffic" was Soderbergh's only film as a director.
6) R. Wakefield has a drug problem in his family.
II. USE OF ENGLISH
7) Find in the text the word which has the following definition: "way taken or planned from one place to another"8) Find in the text one opposite for EMPTY (adjective) and one synonym for FRONTIER (noun).
9) Give an adjective with the same root as POWER (noun).
10) Turn the following sentence into reported speech:The director said: "everybody knows someone who has been touched by drugs"
11) Turn the following sentence into the passive voice:Drugs are affecting everything.
12) Give a question for the underlined words.This thriller is about the drug trade.
13) Join the following sentences using a relative pronoun. Make changes if necessary.
R. Wakefield is fighting against the drug traffic. His daughter is a drug addict.