October 20, 2017 • 6:00 PM, 78 MIN
Naval Heritage Center

Cocaine Prison

Dir. Violeta Ayala, 2017

COCAINE PRISON unfolds in Bolivia’s notorious San Sebastian gaol, a virtual citadel inside a crumbling old colonial house. The film follows the lives of Hernan, a drug mule arrested on his first run, his younger sister, Daisy, who struggles to win his freedom, and Hernan’s friend Mario, a cocaine worker and father sealed away at San Sebastian, far from his children. In a country where the coca leaf is woven deep into the culture and poverty assures a steady supply of labor, COCAINE PRISON goes beyond the image of the gun-toting “Narco” to uncover the lives of three small fish who swim in the tide of coca’s promise.

Post-screening discussion with Violeta Ayala (director) and Tony Cavin (CBS News).