Cocaine Prison

Director:Violeta Ayala
Premiere:8. March 2018
Length:76 minutes
Genre:Drama, Documentary

Category: Right to Know

Director: Violeta Ayala

A unique insight into life in an overcrowded Bolivian prison, where prisoners must pay US dollars for each night of their stay in a cell. The film illustrates how the judicial system works in a country that is one of the world’s largest cocaine producers.

Criminals connected to the cocaine trade usually end up in the infamous San Sebastian prison. The twenty-year-old Hernan, captured during his first attempt to move cocaine across the border, also finds himself in the old colonial house that contains the prison. While he tries to familiarise himself with the rules of life behind bars, his sister Daisy tries to help him. She visits him in jail, consults with lawyers who give her contradictory advice, and even contacts members of the drug-trafficking network to ask for help from the boss for whom Hernan had been carrying cocaine. The film manages to get up close and personal with people who are mainly struggling to become more than disposable accessories.



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