Nestled in the Himalayan foothills at an altitude of 10,000 ft. (3,000 m), entire villages and communities subsist on illegal marijuana production. These villages are far from any paved roads and are so remote that distances are measured in hours of walking. Across thousands of acres of public and private land, villagers grow cannabis which is then turned into a high-quality resin know as charas.
Cannabis has deep roots in Indian society dating back to as early as 2,000 BCE within the Hindu scriptures. However, since the drug was outlawed in India in 1985 there has been pressure on a national and global scale to curb the cannabis production in the Himalayan valley.
Andrea de Franciscis was born in 1981 in Naples and is currently based between Italy and India. After obataining his degree in medicine, he started to work as freelance photojournalist on social contemporary issues, focusing his interest on children and women rights, religion and enviornment.