Opium Brides Preview(0:31) The collateral damage of the counter-narcotics effort in Afghanistan.

Happy New Year From FRONTLINE!

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We’re taking a break for the holidays but our New Year’s resolution is to bring you more of “the best investigative and explanatory journalism on television” in 2012.

We’ll be back right away on Tuesday, Jan. 3 with Opium Brides, a disturbing look at the deadly bargain some farmers in Afghanistan have been forced to make with drug smugglers in order to survive.  You can watch a preview above.

And look for much more in 2012, including:

+ A multipart series in the spring from producers Michael Kirk (Inside the Meltdown, The Warning, Breaking the Bank) and Martin Smith (WikiSecrets, College Inc., The Madoff Affair) that will dig deep inside the money, power and politics at the heart of the economic crisis. How did it all get so bad? And who is responsible?

+ The network broadcast premiere of The Interrupters, the latest film from filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and journalist Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here, The Other Side of the River) that tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters” trying to protect their Chicago communities.

+ A hard look at the HIV/AIDS crisis in the African American community — which if it were a standalone country would have the world’s 16th worst epidemic — from producer Renata Simone (The Age of AIDS)

+ And of course in the fall, we’ll bring you our quadrennial election-year special, The Choice 2012

Until we’re back, you can revisit some of the 123 films we’re streaming in full. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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