Cocaine Prison: Bolivian Centrepiece Film + Reception

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. (Film screening will be followed by a reception in the atrium.)

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About Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.