Inspired by a Bolivian jail; Prison X is a collection of interactive stories, hand-painted in VR. A world of magic realism sucks you in; you have to keep the devil drunk so she can’t steal your soul.More info
In Bolivia, the big drug barons go free while small-time criminals like Hernan and Mario can spend years in the overcrowded San Sebastian Prison. They haven’t even been convicted yet, and their trial is postponed over and over again. Outside the prison walls, the teenage Deisy works with lawyers to get her brother Hernan released. Or maybe she'll get him out by smuggling cocaine herself, just one time, in order to pay his bail. This calm, almost fiction-film-style story gives names and faces to the errand boys of the drug trade. Footage of Deisy’s powerless search for justice is interspersed with scenes from life in jail: with its 700 inmates and just eight toilets, it seems more like an overflowing slum. Director Violeta Ayala managed to smuggle cameras into the jail, which her protagonists use to film poignant scenes. Will this hopeless situation ever end? The hypocrisy of the drug economy is demonstrated most obscenely by the realization that these young men will soon go to work on an entirely legal coca plantation.