More often than we realize, the media plays a powerful role in determining justice in society, by misrepresenting
individuals based on gender, race and class. There is an increasing need for more women to not only produce, but also be represented in documentaries, as
they give women the opportunity to tell their stories and challenge us to have a different perspective on the world.
Directed by award-winning Australian
writer and filmmaker Violeta Ayala and produced by Dan Fallshaw from 2011-2015, the stranger than fiction story, “The Bolivian Case,” follows three Norwegian
teenage girls who are arrested with 22kg of cocaine in their luggage in a foreign country.
Despite the three girls committing the same crime, the media and
public began to shape a misconstrued representation of each girl based on biased interpretations, triggering the biggest media storm in Norway. “Rather
than asking the audience to question the guilt or innocence of these women, “The Bolivian Case” aims to challenge and confront viewers on how gender, race and
class affects how society assigns guilt. The outcome of the case was based on perception not on evidence; as a result of this failure, we believe the media
and the justice system should be on trial”, says Violeta.
“The Bolivian Case” is the first part of United Notions Film’s ‘Drug War Trilogy’ and premiered at
the Special Presentation Program at Hot Docs, one of the world’s most prestigious documentary festivals. It will showcase at the Sydney Film Festival on June 7th, 2015 as part of the Australian Documentary Competition for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award.
During the festival Violeta will be speaking at the
‘Can documentaries change the world?’ panel on June 12th, 2015 at 7pm, at the Sydney Town Hall.