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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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Release Date:

3 June 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking the Taboo See more »

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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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 »

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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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Break the taboo in your head
10 February 2016 | by gulhermeSee all my reviews

Breaking the Taboo is about how society treat drugs, in special Marijuana, the main argument of this documentary is about the fail of the actual anti-drug political system in Brazil. The taboo here is how work with drugs, and the legalization of marijuana. For prove the argument illegal marijuana cause more danger then the legalization system, the director invite a pool of influent people, former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, intellectuals, and consumers.

The idea is to break the taboo marijuana cloud keep illegal, for this the director shows how the illegal system works, and who is the main giver from state restrictions. The money from illegal actives go to corruption, guns and lobby, against the tax from another drugs which subside education, security and specially the health system. The acquisition of marijuana is easy than alcohol, to buy alcohol you must show your identification to prove you have 18 years old, in Brazil, but marijuana don't have this restriction.

Former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, is a former teacher from University of Sao Paulo, the major discipline in his academic profile is sociology, and this is the main contribution he provides in the documentary, a systematic analysis of our society, and why ins't logic keep marijuana illegal in Brazil.


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