NEW: The Real Thing

Costing only $25,000 (USD) to make, The Real Thing is a guerrilla-styled documentary that explores the US directed “War on Drugs” and the impact it has had on the people of Bolivia, specifically on the indigenous coca farmers of el Chapare.

The coca leaf is indigenous to Bolivia and a sacred leaf revered and used by the majority of Bolivians. It is also the source ingredient for cocaine and the target of billions of dollars worth of militarized coca eradication, alternative development and narcotic interdiction efforts.

Fifteen years since George Bush Sr. declared a war on drugs in his inaugural presidential address, cocaine is still a thriving business and the impact of American drug policy on the people of Bolivia has brought the country to the brink of a total social upheaval.