(narconews) "Chew On This: For Us, Coca Is Life"

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 14/09/2004 - 00:06

documentary now online
The documentary film, "Chew On This: For Us, Coca Is Life," produced by the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism video documentary team in Bolivia's coca-growing Chapare region and City of Cochabamba last month is now online, gratis, for your viewing, at Salon Chingon:

Alberto M. Giordano

September 13, 2004

Please Distribute Widely

Dear Colleague,


Filmed and produced in just ten days, "Chew on This" is a masterpiece of Authentic Documentary Journalism, featuring the voices and faces of the coca growing men and women of the Chapare, Congressman Evo Morales, coca growers' leader Leonilda Zurita, former Brazilian Drug Czar Walter Maierovitch, Human Rights Attorney Rosemarie Acha, coca expert Silvia Rivera, radio journalist Egberto Winston Chipani, a Bolivian military colonel and many more... It is a documentary that does not "represent" its subjects, but, rather, in the spirit of the Authentic Journalism renaissance, provides the forum for the protagonists on the front lines of the US-imposed "war on drugs" to present themselves, in their own words.

Viewing and downloading the documentary is gratis... Permission is granted to broadcast this important news documentary on local TV stations throughout the world (it is in Spanish, Quechua and Aymara with English subtitles)... The video includes exclusive footage of a Bolivian military raid on a coca field last month taken by 2004 Authentic Journalism scholar Eartha Melzer, with still photos from the same raid by 2004 Authentic Journalism professor Jeremy Bigwood... The J-School video team - directed by Andrea Daugirdas Hawes and Barrett Hawes, worked collaboratively with such flair and unity that we came to call the group "the J-School Bolivarian Circle." It's members included: Gregory Berger (Mexico), Dan Feder (Mexico), Sarahy Flores Sosa (Mexico), Zabeth Flores (Mexico), Pablo Francischelli (Brazil and Argentina), Noah Friedsky (Bolivia), Jacques Gomes Filho (Brazil), Andrew Grice (U.S.), Sarah Harris (U.S.), Andrea Hawes (U.S.), Barrett Hawes (U.S.), Leny Olivera Rojas (Bolivia), Gerardo Rojas (Venezuela), Ronald Sebilo-Tibbits (U.S.) and Ron Smith (U.S.).

Treasurer Andrew Grice of The Fund for Authentic Journalism informs me that in the coming days The Fund will announce that it makes DVD gift copies of the video - among other works - available to new donors to The Fund... Stay tuned for details...

Meanwhile, view it over in the online Screening Room at Salon Chingon... http://www.salonchingon.com/

As one of the local farmer women tells the documentary crew at the end of the film, expecting more troops and more eradications of her crops: "If they come, we will fight them."

The immediate history from our America now arrives to you via online video too.

>From somewhere in a country called America,

Al Giordano
The Narco News Bulletin
new email: narconews@gmail.com

If you believe authentic, investigative, journalism reporting on the drug war and democracy from Latin America is important, The Fund for Authentic Journalism invites you to join the Civil Society campaign to keep this project working... http://www.authenticjournalism.org/

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