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Risking it all - Bolivia
Road to Chiquitos - Modernity and tradition in Bolivia
The Electric Range - Bolivia
Two Bolivias - Bolivia
Cocaine Factories - Bolivia
Cocaine Wars - Bolivia
Meltdown - Bolivia
Dancing with Evo Morales - Bolivia
Coca Or Death - Bolivia
Child Labour - Bolivia
Mennonites in Bolivia
Bolivian Blues - Bolivia
Bolivia - Unlocking a Nation's Bounty
Climate Change - Bolivia
Resisting - Voices of the Victims of the Pando Massacre in Bolivia
Barefoot Children - Documentary about street children
Care Bolivia
Building Dignity

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Bolivia

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Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia is a landlocked country located in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the west.
Prior to European colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire – the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The conquistadors took control of the region in the 16th century. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was known as Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain's South American colonies, although the area enjoyed substantial autonomy under the jurisdiction of the Royal Court of Charcas. After declaring independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic, named for Simón Bolívar, on 6 August 1825. Bolivia has struggled through periods of political instability and economic woes.

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Risking it all - Bolivia
May 19, 2011
Bolivia's coca farmers make a living criss-crossing deep valleys on a web of makeshift cables high above forest canopy.

Road to Chiquitos - Modernity and tradition in Bolivia
Aug 22, 2012
Documentary. An exploration of indigenous attitudes towards modernity in Northern Bolivia.

The Electric Range - Bolivia
August 2010
Taking us on a fossil-fuelled adventure from Bolivia's capital La Paz to the alien landscape of Salar, will Lithium really bring this desparate Country prosperity or just a lost opportunity?

Two Bolivias - Bolivia
Aug 2007
Bolivia's white elite claim they're tired of propping up the nation's economy. They're demanding political autonomy for their city and say they're ready to fight for it.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Cocaine Factories - Bolivia
Feb 2007
Evo Morales swept to power promising a social revolution which included legalising coca cultivation. A year on, America is so worried Bolivia is becoming a 'Narco State', it's slashed funding.

"These are the coca leaves that we step on. This is the paste", states Roberto, showing us around his cocaine factory in the jungle. Promoting alternative uses of coca, such as in tea, is the heart of the government's policy. "The coca leaf is a cultural issue and part of our identity", explains Minister Felipe Casares. Officially, the jungles of Bolivia are producing fewer tonnes of cocaine paste. But Morales' policy of 'Coca Yes, Cocaine No' has the sceptics worried. As Senator Rafael Loayez states; "If we have this very permissive policy, we are going to hve a problem with drug trafficking."

Cocaine Wars - Bolivia
April 1996
For centuries the coco leaf was a blessing from the Gods. It alleviated the hunger of the Bolivian poor. Today it is a source of narcotic evil for the West.

Bolivia's government, reliant on US aid and vulnerable to US dictates, has been forced to uphold a war against coco producers. The 'Leopards' - anti-narcotic paramilitaries - patrol the tropical jungles of Chapere and destroy small cocaine factories. Local farmers, like Berto, are put under pressure to rip up their coco plants and rePlace them with alternative crops. But now Berto can't sell his new produce and is more impoverished than ever. Human rights organisations report violent abuses committed by the 'Leopards' against men and women. US Ambassador coolly contests such reports and admits that Bolivia would be 'hurt' if it objected to US initiatives. Evo Morales leads the Chapere people in a protest rally. In their muddy villages, the tired faces don't understand why their government is trying to destroy their livelihood.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Meltdown - Bolivia
July 2007
Bolivia's Andes glaciers, which provide water for millions of people and power the country's hydro-electric plants, are melting at an unparalleled rate. It's estimated that the country will face water shortages within two years.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Dancing with Evo Morales - Bolivia
May 2006
He jokes that he's America's worst nightmare and plans to nationalise Bolivia's oil industry and overturn the old social order. As yet another South American country 'goes left', we profile Bolivia's new President.

As a former union leader, Evo Morales is more accustomed to attacking governments than leading them. But Bolivia's first ever indigenous President has ambitious plans for his country. "Sooner or later there must be a profound transformation", he vows. "I want a new economic model." Morales' first objective is to seize back control of the country's national assets, including its enormous natural gas reserves. "Oligarchies won't just give up. They want to continue sucking the Bolivian people's blood." A series of forced privatisations imposed by the World Bank and IMF left Bolivia the poorest country in Latin America. Now, Morales has pledged to renegotiate existing oil contracts. Actions like this -- and his close friendship with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro -- have sent shivers down Washington's spine. But any heavy-handed action from the White House could backfire. As analyst Jim Shultz explains: "America's fear is that it will push Bolivia into the arms of Hugo Chavez."

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Coca Or Death - Bolivia
Oct 2001
Sandra Jordan delves into Bolivia -- a country torn apart by the demands of the West for the coca plant.

On a dusty mountain road out of La Paz, armed troops blockade the only route out of town. They are confronted by an angry crowd of desperate Coca farmers shouting 'Coca or death'. Confronted by tear-gas and rubber bullets, they are trying to get out and join their comrades in the coca growing region deep in the Andes. We investigate why bloody battles have broken out between farmers and armed troops on the streets of La Paz. It seems that it is all for a plant the Bolivian people have traditionally grown and used as a herbal pick me up. The US has been implementing an million dollar 'Dignity Plan' -- in an attempt to substitute the economic reliance on coca production with other industries. But oranges are failing to match the coca leaf profits. According to Bolivia's president his country is booming - the success of the coca substitution plan has attracted massive foreign investment. But the substitution plan has stripped the nation of nearly 0 million a year, leaving many coca-growers jobless and angry. Other groups have joined the cocaleros' uprising in the capital as a result of the Government's privatisation policies. Coca has become a symbol of national resistance. Now some regions of the country are virtual war-zones. The uprisings have blocked most of the mountainous roads that link Bolivia's main cities and connect the country to its neighbours.

Child Labour - Bolivia
January 2006
Nearly 4,000 children work in the Cerro Rico mines of Bolivia. Those who are not injured or buried alive often develop lung diseases. Miners here have a life expectancy of just 39.

Mennonites in Bolivia
Short documentary on Mennonites sect in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Bolivian Blues - Bolivia
February 2000
Bolivia is at the heart of South America. It extends from the high Andes to tropical jungle. It's culturally, ethnically and geographically very diverse and potentially rich. Yet it ranks lowest of all South American countries in the UN's Human Development Index. Twenty per cent of children are undernourished. Average school attendance is less than seven years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investment in the economy, while the landlocked geography of the country itself limits access to export markets. But there are signs of change. Annual inflation fell from a peak of 23,500 per cent in 1985 to less than 4.5 per cent by the close of 1998, and Bolivia's huge external debt burden has been substantially eased under new debt redemption programmes.

Bolivia - Unlocking a Nation's Bounty
United Nations, New York, January 2012 - The vast salt flats of Bolivia, just beneath its surface lies one of the most sought after minerals in the world. Nearly one half of the global supply of lithium - a key ingredient powering electric cars, cell phones and laptops - is found here. But can this poor country, with a centuries' old history of having its mineral wealth exploited, actually realize its potential... before it's too late?
21st Century - Show 62 - Bolivia: Unlocking a Nation's Bounty

Climate Change - Bolivia
Bolivia is right on the frontline of climate change. Not only are the people fighting against the erratic weather patterns that are causing havoc to their communities, but their President, Morales is challenging the mighty capitalist powers in a valiant effort to save our planet.

Resisting
Voices of the Victims of the Pando Massacre in Bolivia.

Barefoot Children - Documentary about street children
Mar 21, 2012

Idea
Two students came to Santa Cruz, Bolivia with the dream of making a documentary film about street children. After 4 months of working with the children they got the opportunity to start planning the film. Inspired by their own experience, they got an idea:
If people can get to see that there is hope for street children, then maybe bad attitudes can be changed and people can be inspired to help.

Shooting
The film was shot under bridges, in parks and water canals. It was shot on hot middays and cold midnights, at the break of dawn and in the pouring rain.

The children were always explained the purpose of the film before any recordings were made. Some of them pulled away from the camera and made it clare that they were not to be filmed. That was respected. Others were very enthusiastic about getting filmed and interviewed.

After a while the situation became more natural to both the children and the film makers. The camera was not a threat, nor a toy anymore.

Approach
The film does not try to persuade people into doing something. It is simply an eye opener, made to wake reflections in people. It shows the dreadful hopelessness of living on the street. It paints a picture of the evil circles of poverty.

It speaks about how drugs, abuse and violence is brought upon innocent children.
But it also shows how a small child can keep up hope in the middle of it all.
It shows that children can pull themselves through it, and even leave the street for good.
It is possible!

This is what inspired two students to work with street children, and that is what they hope will inspire you who watch Barefoot Children -the documentary.

Care Bolivia
Oct 15, 2012
This short documentary is part of the RESILIENCE Project, in which CARE Nederland works together with its partners Groupe URD and the Disaster Studies Group of Wageningen University. This EU-funded project aims to create better understanding of the conceptual frameworks used in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Poverty Reduction. It looks at how to better integrate these three fields, so that aid organisations and policy makers can create better programmes.

We made three short documentaries in Bolivia, Ethiopia and Indonesia, to show how different stakeholders perceive risk and propose solutions for dealing with that risk. Together with an upcoming serious game and a handbook, we hope that these tools will generate vibrant discussions and provide guidance to students, NGO staff as well as policy makers, both in developing countries and in the 'North', so that we are all better able to define appropriate actions.

Building Dignity
New political Constitution of the State.

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