Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
VLAFF SPECIAL PRESENTATION: 'COCAINE PRISON'
$16 - $18
When: Thu, Sept 6, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
"A passionate, compelling and fascinating documentary that will push audiences to explore the idea of a legalized drug industry." - Jen McNeely, SheDoesTheCity
COCAINE PRISON - Los Burritos
Director: Violeta Ayala | Bolivia, 2017 | Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles | 76 min
Hernan Torrez and his sister Deisy are teenagers going to high school in Cochabamba with dreams of starting a band. Driven by the desire to buy a drum kit, Hernan agrees to carry two kilograms of cocaine across the border to Argentina. After he's caught by border police, he's sent to the notorious San Sebastian prison, a scarcely staffed, open-air facility of over 700 inmates. Filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw taught English classes inside San Sebastian and gained remarkable access by putting cameras into the hands of prisoners. We follow Hernan and his friend Mario on the inside and Deisy on the outside as the film reveals a unique perspective on the ordinary people of the drug trade---those who suffer the punishment while the bosses operate freely. Thom Powers, TIFF
About the Director
Violeta Ayala is an artist/writer/filmmaker from Bolivia. Her first feature documentary Stolen premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2009), has screened in more than 80 festivals worldwide, winning fourteen awards along the way. In 2006 Ayala began her collaboration with Dan Fallshaw in North Africa on Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea an investigative documentary about corruption in the oil industry set in Mauritania. While at university Ayala made Proyecto Vila-Vila (2005), a documentary about cervical cancer and indigenous women in Bolivia. Ayala has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Ayala is an Alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus and a Tribeca Film Institute Fellow.
Violeta Ayala's Filmography: The Fight (2017), The Bolivian Case (2015), Stolen (2009)