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Quebrando o Tabu (2011)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 7 December 2012 (USA)
Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fran Boyd Andrews Fran Boyd Andrews ... Himself - Former Drug Addict
Brenda Blom Brenda Blom ... Herself - Community Lawyer, Baltimore
Fernando Henrique Cardoso Fernando Henrique Cardoso ... Himself - President of Brazil, 1995 - 2002
Jimmy Carter ... Himself - US President, 1977 - 1981
Jorge Castañeda Jorge Castañeda ... Himself - Secreatary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico 2000 - 2003
Bill Clinton ... Himself - US President, 1993 - 2001
Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho ... Himself - Novelist
Richard Dannart Richard Dannart
Ruth Dreifuss Ruth Dreifuss ... Herself - President of Switzerland, 1999
Robert DuPont Robert DuPont
Amanda Feilding Amanda Feilding
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator
Rob Gallimore Rob Gallimore
Gael García Bernal ... Himself
César Gaviria César Gaviria ... Himself - President of Colombia, 1990 - 1994
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Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia. Featuring prominent statesmen including Presidents Clinton and Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo and expose the biggest failure of global policy in the last 50 years. Written by Sundog Pictures

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UK | Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

7 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking the Taboo See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Tony Papa has the closing line of the film that was so poignant it was used on the movie poster to capture the essence of the directors point of the madness of the global war on drugs. See more »

Quotes

Tony Papa: If you can't control drug use in a maximum security prison, how can you control drug use in a free society
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Featured in London et Kirschenbaum: Episode dated 16 May 2013 (2013) See more »

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Dirty Rainbows
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Written by David Byrne
Performed by David Byrne
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If it ain't working, we need to figure out some other strategy.
31 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Breaking the Taboo" ("Quebrando o Tabu") is one of the best documentaries I have seen that is critical of the so-called war on drugs. A few others I've seen were too long or sought huge and impossible to implement social changes (such as a total redistribution of the wealth). However, this one seems very reasonable in its approach and has the distinction of including many world leaders, past and present, to speak their mind about the failed drug policies.

The bottom line is regardless of your views on drug laws, it's pretty much impossible to argue that they are working--and the film does an excellent job in discussing the negative impact of drug interdiction and tough drug laws. And, while you may not agree with everything in the film, it does make you think and realize something should change. Well made and intelligently written.


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