Amid the celebrity profile documentaries and high-profile biopics that dotted the landscape at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Violeta Ayala’s “Cocaine Prison” was an extraordinary hunk of primary-source reporting: a documentary shot by the inhabitants of Bolivia’s San Sebastian Prison.
Five years in the making. Ayala – who hails from Cochabamba, up the street from San Sebastian – began work on the film as an English tutor within the prison, eventually entrusting digital cameras to two inmates named Mario and Hernan.
These “little fish,” busted for trafficking cocaine across the Bolivian border shared with Argentina, are the protagonists of “Cocaine Prison.”
Outsideof the prison, Hernan’s sister, Deisy, navigates the labyrinthine Bolivian legal system.
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