“WARS OF OTHERS”, A DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPLORES THE CONTROVERSIAL CAMPAIGN OF AERIAL SPRAYING IN COLOMBIA PREMIERES ON HBO

Wars of Others, a new original documentary by HBO Latin America, will premiere on June 13th, at 8:00pm exclusively on HBO. The documentary examines the practice of aerial spraying with glyphosate, an herbicide declared to be potentially carcinogenic by the World Health Organization in 2015.

The aerial fumigation has been a key tool in the collaboration between Colombia and the United States in the overall "War on Drugs", and specifically against the cultivation of the coca leaf. Thus, for many years Colombia had been the only country in the world to disperse this herbicide from airplanes, making way for bitter debates between those that defended it as a harmless product and those that argued that it was severely affecting the health of Colombians.

The aerial fumigation has been a key tool in the collaboration between Colombia and the United States in the overall “War on Drugs”, and specifically against the cultivation of the coca leaf. Thus, for many years Colombia had been the only country in the world to disperse this herbicide from airplanes, making way for bitter debates between those that defended it as a harmless product and those that argued that it was severely affecting the health of Colombians.

Carlos Moreno, director of Wars of Others, states: “The subject of aerial spraying with glyphosate in Colombia is another extension of the armed conflict between the guerrillas and the state. Wars of Others is an invitation to understand and reflect on the drama of the anonymous victims of the drug war; something that we as Colombians and Latin Americans have rarely done. Wars of Others is not a black and white story, with good guys and bad guys: the documentary has the virtue of being born in the grey area, where the voices of those who have been abandoned, ignored, and even silenced are heard.”

Moreno is a well-known Colombian filmmaker whose productions have been honored with more than 14 international awards. Among his works are: Perro Come Perro (Dog Eat Dog), Todos Tus Muertos (All Your Dead Ones), El Cártel de los Sapos: La Película (The Snitch Cartel), and ¡Que Viva La Música!.

Wars of Others includes approximately 30 interviews with experts from the different sectors involved with the subject. Among them are NGOs, scientists, ecological organizations, chief governmental and military authorities from Colombia as well as the United States and the farmers and locals that have been principally affected.

Wars of Others includes approximately 30 interviews with experts from the different sectors involved with the subject. Among them are NGOs, scientists, ecological organizations, chief governmental and military authorities from Colombia as well as the United States and the farmers and locals that have been principally affected.

“For HBO Latin America, the goal of producing these type of documentaries is to give a voice to the talent, and at the same time, share the most relevant stories happening in our region,” commented Roberto Ríos, Corporate Vice President of Original Programming for HBO Latin America. “Wars of Others is a clear example of this because the directors, as well as the protagonists of the story, have had the opportunity to make their points of view known without any type of limitation.”

HBO has a long history in the creation of documentaries worldwide, with over 270 productions that have received over 200 awards. Some examples are: Citizenfour, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, The 50 Year Argument and Heroin: Cape Cod. HBO Latin America’s most recent documentary, Antes De Que Nos Olviden, was nominated for an International Emmy in 2015.

Wars of Others was directed by Carlos Moreno and produced by LatinWE and PostBros for HBO Latin America, with the participation of producers: Roberto Ríos, Paul Drago, Luis F. Peraza and Nestor Hernandez on behalf of HBO Latin America Originals; Elizabeth Gray and Lilia Luciano on behalf of LatinWE; and Camilo Ganado from PostBros. The original idea for Wars of Others as well as the field direction was realized by Lilia Luciano.

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