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.




Violeta Ayala looks directly at the camera and smiles. Portrait in black and white.Violeta 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.