The Bolivian Case premiere, a film about drugs and justice

One of the “seals” of current Bolivian government is the disproportionate growth of drug trafficking.

Not only the political base of current president, the coca growers of the Chapare are to be blamed for supplying the essential. Cocaine production and trafficking has spread all over Bolivia and also we have become transit country for other country’s drugs towards their markets…

The following excerpt from Pagina Siete and then, a description of this particular event, serve to reflect over this global problem:

Milen Saavedra reports for Pagina Siete:

It is on display at the Canada Festival of Documentary hot docs.

The Bolivian Case premiere, a film about drugs and justice

The film was directed by Bolivian filmmaker Violeta Ayala, who is also a screenwriter and producer.

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Hot Docs is the largest documentary festival in North America and will be held [April 29] until next May 3rd [2015]. It will present 210 proposals from more than 41 countries.

The Bolivian Case

Director: Violeta Ayala

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Three Norwegian girls are caught in Bolivia with 22kg of cocaine in their luggage, triggering a media storm that will shape the rest of their lives.

Long Synopsis

Flying out of Bolivia’s cocaine capital, three Norwegian girls are caught with 7kg of cocaine in each of their bags. As soon as word got out, Norwegian journalists descended on the Bolivian city creating the biggest media storm for a drug bust in Norway, changing the outcome of the case forever. Stina and Christina were portrayed as two naive European girls while Madelaine fitted the stereotype of ‘the Latin’ trafficker. Three years later, Stina becomes a celebrity, Christina is found innocent in a Norwegian court and Madelaine remains behind bars in Bolivia. How can one girl be found innocent and the other two guilty? Why should you believe one girl over the other? What role does the media playing in the predicament of each girl?

THE BOLIVIAN CASE is a character driven film about two of the world’s biggest businesses: the media and drug trafficking. Following the stranger than fiction stories of the three Norwegian girls, the film will take the audience from a jail in one of the world’s poorest countries, to a court in the world’s richest, giving an insight into the power mainstream media has in shaping justice.

A portrait that looks into society’s moral dilemma, questioning the disparity in the consequences for three girls who were caught committing the same crime.

About the director

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 11.25.21 AMVioleta Ayala is an award-winning filmmaker from Bolivia. In 2006, Violeta and Dan Fallshaw established UNITEDNOTIONS FILM to create thought-provoking films. Their first feature documentary STOLEN (which they directed, produced, shot and edited) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2009 and has shown at more than 70 film festivals worldwide, winning 14 awards along the way. Violeta and Dan are currently working on their latest films, COCAINE PRISON and THE BOLIVIAN CASE. Their work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Fond Sud Cinema, Jan Vrijman Fund, The Strasbourg Film Fund, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, The Norwegian Film Institute, The Berlinale Doc Station and the Film Independent Doc Lab. Accolades include Best Feature Doc at the 2010 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Grand Prix at the 2010 Art of the Document Film Festival in Warsaw, Golden Oosikar Best Doc at the 2010 Anchorage International Film Festival, Best Film at the 2010 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cuenca in Ecuador and many more.

Key Personnel

Dan Fallshaw is the producer, DOP & Editor for Cocaine Prison and The Bolivian Case. He’s been awarded best editing for STOLEN at the Doc Edge Festival in New Zealand. After a three year festival run STOLEN will be broadcast by PBS in the US in 2013. Dan’s films have been selected to pitch at international forums from AIDC to Sheffield and IDFA.

Torstein Nybø is the CEO of MEDIAMENTE. He has produced and co-produced a number of films, incl. BURMA VJ (Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature in 2010 and 2009 Sundance Int’l Documentary Editing Award winner), “Odd’s odds” premiering at the Gothenburg Int’l Film Festival in 2009 and Greaseball Challenge, which has broadcast on ZDF/ARTE among other channels internationally (2008).

Elisabeth Opdal is currently producing THE BOLIVIAN CASE and co-producing COCAINE PRISON. In 2007 Elisabeth joined the director’s board of MEDIAMENTE that co-produced BURMA VJ (Academy Award Nominee for Documentary in 2010). She has more than 10 years of experience in producing documentaries and TV programs including Kony’s Warrior, a documentary about former child soldiers in LRA in Uganda.

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