Cocaine Prison

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From inside one of Bolivia’s most notorious prisons, a cocaine worker fighting for freedom, a drug mule who dreams of being a drug boss, and his younger sister reveal the country’s relationship with cocaine. Cocaine Prison bridges the ever-widening gap between the North and the South and brings a new perspective to the War on Drugs as it is waged in the Andes.




cocaineprisonVioleta Ayala is an indigenous filmmaker from Bolivia known for Stolen, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto IFF, screened in 80 festivals, winning 15 awards and aired on PBS. Violeta is currently working on a trilogy, From The South Looking North, including Cocaine Prison and The Bolivian Case. She is an alumnus of the Film Independent, IFP, Berlinale, HotDocs, and Good Pitch, and is a Tribeca and Sundance Fellow. Violeta writes about the War on Drugs for the Huffington Post and is a recipient of the 2013 Bertha Britdoc Journalism Award.




Currently in post-production, the film was first selected to be developed at the Berlinale Talents 2010, for the Sheffield MeetMarket and the IDFA Forum 2010, and for the 2012 LA Film Independent Doc Lab. In 2013 Cocaine Prison was selected for Good Pitch NY, Sunny Side of the Doc and IFP’s spotlight in documentaries.  The film has received funds Sundance, Tribeca, MacArthur, Fonds Sud Cinema, Strassburg Fund, Norwegian Film Institute, Screen Australia, Screen NSW, IDFA Fund and Bertha Britdoc Journalism Award.