The title Cocalero refers to the coca farmers (cocaleros) movement whose leader, Evo Morales, has been the president of Bolivia since 2006. He is the first native leader in Bolivia’s history, who sees himself as an inheritor of pre-Columbian traditions (he gives speeches in Aymara language, takes part in traditional ceremonies and wears sweaters from alpaca wool). During his rule, the state took control over oil and natural gas deposits, and made proceeds from the exploitation of gas, Bolivia’s main natural resource, triple. The film is a documentary portrait of Evo Morales and his unusual journey to the highest state office. It shows the politician from a close distance, directly, with a sense of humour and without political prejudice.
The film Cocalero was chosen by Tanja Solomonoff.
Alejandro Landes was born in 1980 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and grew up in Ecuador. In 2003 he graduated in political economy from Brown University in the United States. He worked as a journalist for “The Miami Herald” and for the talk show “Oppenheimer Presenta”. Cocalero had its premiere at the Sundance Festival in 2007. It is Alexandro Landes’ first film.