Breaking the Taboo

Synopsis: Documentary about the war on drugs.
Genre: Documentary

"Richard Nixon

President of the United States "

"In the 1970s,

the US declared war on drugs.

Drug consumption was defined

as a crime punishable by jail. "

"Ronald Reagan

President of the United States "

"But has a drug free world

ever existed?"

"40,000,000 B.C.

The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis"


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"2700 B.C. China - Cannabis"

"1300 B. C Assyria - Cannabis

"1000 B.C. Egypt - Opium"

"500 B.C. Greece - Wine"

"1492 Columbus brings cannabis seeds

to the Americas"

"1600 Arabis - Hashish"

"1800 China - Opium War"

"1885 Freud - Morphine"

"1914- 1918

World War I - Medicinal Cocaine"

"1920 US Alcohol Prohibition"

"1965 Vietnam War"

"1960s Counterculture"

"1971 Richard Nixon declares War on Drugs"

"1960s Bob Marley"

"1970s Eric Clapton"

"Synthetic Drugs"

The Latin American Commission on Drugs

and Democracy met today

in Rio de Janeiro to discuss new ways

to fight drug trafficking

and narcotics consumption.

"2008 The Latin American Commission

on Drugs and Democracy"

It is not easy to talk about drugs.

But we must since democracy

is at stake.

Drugs lead to violence,

undermine the rule

of law and contribute

to illegal repression.

They also facilitate corruption. All this

erodes credibility of the institutions.

Any questions?

Would the legalization of marijuana

reduce the power of traffickers?

Bolivia is leading a campaign

to take out the coca leaf

from this list of drugs, bad drugs.

So what is your opinion on this issue?

Since repression has not worked,

do you think the right approach

is decriminalization

and liberalization?

What legal changes do you think

should be made?

Is the state prepared to treat addicts

instead of putting them in jail?

Won't we be making life easier

for the traffickers?

Rational people change their minds

when confronted with new evidence.

"Fernando Henrique Cardoso, sociologist

President of Brazil "

Back then, I was not aware

of the seriousness of the issue.

People ask me why I didn't do

anything as President.

I did not have the right information.

I was not directly involved.

The general consensus was that

police repression was the solution.

The repressive policy was a failure.

I did not see this. I was wrong.

There are risks involved.

One could ask why am I meddling

with the drug issue

when I should be at home looking after

my great-grandchildren?

I remember a favela in the outskirts

of So Paulo.

A lady approached me and asked:

"Is it true that you are going

to put marijuana in children's snacks?"

So I understand how risky this issue is.

Getting it wrong could be devastating.

Early on this debate I read

in a local newspaper

that the active ingredient

of marijuana

was not THC but FHC.

They were mocking me.

"Favela Vigario Geral,

Rio de Janeiro"


Waly Salomao Cultural Center"

When I turned 13, my only option

was drug trafficking.

You end up believing that this

is the right option.

"Vitor Onofre

Afroreggae coordinator"

The only path.

It's the only reality you face each day.

Guns, drugs and violence.

"Favela Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro"

Sixty years ago, our guns

were. 22 and. 32 caliber.

Forty years ago,.38 specials,

pistols and 12 gauges arrived.

"Former drug trafficker"

Then came assault rifles,

machine guns and AK-47s.

So there is a link between

the introduction of new weapons

- and shifts in trafficking?

- Yes.

Every time a new gun showed up,

there was a new trafficker behind it.

And did this increase the power

of the drug market?


But it increased crime.

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Fernando Grostein Andrade

Fernando Grostein Andrade, or Fernando Andrade (born January 30, 1981 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter and director of photography. He is known for the documentaries Wandering Heart, with Caetano Veloso, and Quebrando o Tabu, featuring Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter which discusses alternatives to the failed war on drugs. That same documentary was later on adapted for European and US audiences by Richard Branson, narrated by Morgan Freeman, called Breaking the Taboo. Andrade is also known for his prolific work in advertisement, filming over 100 campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Mitsubishi Motors, Pfizer and Nestle. In 2009, he founded the production house Spray Filmes. Located in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo, Spray Filmes acts in the realm of film of advertising, entertainment and is the incubator of NWB, a startup that manages big internet channels, including the biggest Brazilian soccer channel on Facebook, Desimpedidos. Recently Fernando directed some of the episodes of the Carcereiros series, in a co-production between Spray Filmes, Globo and Gullane, who won the MIPDrama Screenings 2017. In parallel to the series, the director is also working on a documentary called Vida de Carcereiro, which served as a research to the development of the series. Andrade is the son of PhD urbanist Marta Dora Grostein and journalist Mario Escobar de Andrade, director of Playboy magazine in Brazil, who died in 1991. He is brother, on his mother's side, of the TV host Luciano Huck. more…

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