Segments in this Video

"War" on Drugs (01:55)


Che Guevara's execution marked the cocaine era. For several years, filmmaker Rodrigo Vazquez accompanies Bolivian Army conscripts in search of coca plantations to destroy; peasants return to coca cultivation each year.

Coca "Revolution" (03:34)

Beginning in 2001, indigenous citizens unite behind coca farmer Evo Morales in calling for an end to U.S. imperialism in Bolivia. The army suppresses demonstrations but the movement gains momentum and Morales is poised to win an election.

Hope for Marginalized People (04:13)

Unemployed indigenous women queue outside Morales' party office for work. The emergency work program PLANE hires them to pave roads. Supervisor and parliamentary candidate Jiovana Navia grants one woman leave for her son's surgery.

Poverty and Suffering (04:49)

A PLANE worker and her children die of carbon monoxide poisoning. Navia's struggle with homelessness inspires her to help other indigenous women. Activist and union leader Esther Encinas explains why she supports Navia.

Agrarian Reform Plan (03:01)

Morales wants to redistribute unproductive land to indigenous people. Landowners' Association president Jose Sespedas sees this proposal as reverse-colonization; descendants of Europeans say the struggle is one of whites versus Indians. Indigenous activists march in Santa Cruz.

Election Day (01:18)

Morales becomes the first indigenous president in Latin America. Indigenous citizens feel justice has been done, after centuries of colonization.

First Indigenous President (04:16)

Vazquez follows Navia on the day she is sworn in to parliament. Encinas is overcome by emotion and is optimistic about reducing poverty. Morales holds a minute of silence for fallen indigenous leaders.

Failing to Support Indigenous Women (02:53)

Vazquez interviews Navia one month into her parliamentary term. She struggles to fund the PLANE program and has a falling out with Encinas over their strategy.

Barriers to Creating Jobs for the Poor (03:59)

Indigenous women demand work. Encinas meets with Morales and says she has rescued the PLANE program. Vazquez interviews Morales, who says there are no treasury funds; he plans to nationalize natural gas.

Enemy of the Revolution (03:38)

Former PLANE workers accuse Encinas of pocketing their money. Navia never asked them for donations during her campaign and feels betrayed by Encinas.

Peoples' Corruption Trial (02:03)

Encinas charged PLANE workers for photocopying their IDs for a database that never materialized. She defends herself as using donations to travel between cities for union organizing efforts. Workers vote for new leadership, dividing PLANE.

Disillusionment (04:36)

Morales calls a constitutional assembly to include indigenous rights—without allowing indigenous participation in the process. Navia promises to continue fighting for PLANE women in parliament. Encinas accuses her of using them for political gain.

Failing Indigenous Constituents (03:58)

PLANE women have not worked since Morales' election. Nationalizations to create jobs are blocked in Congress. Navia tries to convince angry protesters that she is working for them in parliament; Encinas accuses her of corruption.

March on La Paz (03:46)

Morales explains to indigenous constituents that senators are striking to block PLANE funding. In December 2006, activists demonstrate to force the opposition to pass nationalization and land reforms. Racial tensions rise throughout Bolivia.

Indigenous Legislation Victory (03:38)

Morales brings in deputy senators to replace striking senators. Despite intimidation tactics, the Senate passes land reforms, nationalizations, and PLANE funding. Six months later, PLANE women remain unemployed and the revolution is still a dream.

Credits: Looking For A Revolution (00:31)

Credits: Looking For A Revolution

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Che Guevara died in southern Bolivia 40 years ago while trying to ignite the sparks of revolution throughout South America. His death at the hands of Bolivian Rangers, trained and financed by the US Government, marked the beginning of the cocaine era in Bolivia. Pressed by the masses who gave him a massive mandate, the first indigenous president, ex-coca leaf farmer Evo Morales has nationalized the oil industry and passed laws on agrarian reform. All the election speeches, which resulted in his landslide victory, sounded quite revolutionary, as did the iconography.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: FPT195854

ISBN: 978-1-64867-440-2

Copyright date: ©2007

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