Violeta Ayala

Filmmaker

Violeta Ayala is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker, artist, writer and fighter born in Bolivia. Her credits include Cocaine Prison premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017. The Fight (2017) distributed by The Guardian Shorts won the Doc Dispatch Award at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and Best Short at the International Human Rights Festival in Sucre, Bolivia. The Bolivian Case (2015), premiered as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs, was nominated for Premios Platino and Fenix (the two most prestigious awards in Ibero-America). Stolen (2009) which also screened at Toronto International Film Festival, screened in 80 festivals worldwide has won 16 awards and aired on PBS. Violeta is currently working on the feature version of The Fight and WAR, a documentary about black rights in Australia. She is also writing the screenplay El Comunista about her grandfather – a Serbian Jew, leader of the Bolivian Communist party and friend to Che Guevara. Violeta writes a popular blog at the Huffington Post, loves marshmallows on fire, French champagne, Sydney Rock Oysters and peanut soup made by her grandmother.

October 20, 2017
Screening: Cocaine Prison
Naval Heritage Center
6:00 PM