Violeta Ayala, International Film Director and Human Rights Activist Pops In Escapes with Bush Babies

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Erin C | 0 Comments

Easier using an existing bio on Violeta. We chatted about herself, her husband and young daughter having issues renting whilst in Sydney and not only were astounded with the cost compared to, for example Paris it was the questionnaires. As if a second class citizen!!

Violete was interrogated about her bank accounts then told here we still use serfs. Violeta's husband was astounded, btw liked his faded Dr Seuss tee! Violeta is from Bolivia and is Quecha. I replied does she know someone who can provide her with papers for the estate agents?

Lucky she knew little about eviction laws. To need to move house often with one’s furniture is no mean feat and expensive. I forgot to warn her the usual policy is for the landlord to steal the enforced bond. In a retail lease they place you under duress, you cough up the 3 months bond and over priced rent then they wait hoping you make no money so they can make off with the bootie then re-let anyhow though these days the economy is poor!

Violeta also discovered landlords don’t install picture rails or hooks as they think serfs are visually ignorant (most likely the landlord is). Good  customer care in the rental market is rare, many services eg solicitors, tradesmen and renting require poor people, the intelligent (as they are on another planet) and the disempowered to maintain their delusions of grandeur, exceptions exist. Even Dr Charlie Theo the brain surgeon who has shopped with Holy Kitsch! has corporate bullies charging him high rents as hospitals are considered a good investment by investors hoping for an unhealthy population. In the UK and even USA hospitals are largely government funded and in USA also philanthropy. 

Some political parties are bean counters and mistake a nation for a business rather than a community of people who in this century need Human Rights. We need an environment that is healthy. To rise above self interest yet all they do is give tax breaks for the rich.

Some banks are bad here and cheat people as in Mexico or developing nations. The landlord forced me to increase a bank guarantee but ANZ were slippery and moved the money from another guarantee for the other store it was in the small print. I was in Mexico and the business account was healthy I did not notice they had not debited that money though I checked all debits as it was an omission and the guarantees were invisible. When I went to draw on the 2nd guarantee most of the funds were not there. It was the anti Holy Kitsch! brigade. The money had been shifted out like a robber to the other guarantee without my say so.

Brief Review: Cocaine the movie: It's a sad movie, oh cute in parts like when the guy fixes his hair for the court, well poignant I guess, us the audience so scared for him, the people achingly poor yet striving for an education plus the usual stuff of growing up eg a musical instruments, they do not appear to have cell phones either!

The drug lords use the poorest and most marginalised rural people to carry cocaine to Argentina with promises of safety though many are caught. The people who live in these outlying districts have no direct experience of the flashier world though it's on TV. They are easy prey and when arrested have almost no hope of getting out of prison, they have no influence nor money for bribes. 

The prisons are chaotic and like something out of a Kafka novel, no prisons anyhow are good as all they do is manufacture criminals! The prisoners endlessly circulating as in a Van Gogh painting. They have to buy their prison cells.

Coca leaves have been traditionally used by Bolivians to chew or in tea as a mild stimulant somewhat like coffee or betel nut though without the oral health issues. It is far stronger when processed. To the locals coca is an unsurprising stimulant, the rural people's role is quite minor in the scheme of the trade though necessary. The rural people are targets whose lives appear to mean little to anybody like many on this planet who are disempowered and innocent. Violeta has only filmed the action there is no script.

I read an article New York Times, (May 29, Nicholas Krisof), about a programme in Paraguay that goes beyond charity where the people are empowered to start small businesses making things, eg baskets, always a needed commodity! The programme is called The Graduation Approach and is assisted by UN. I know similar programmes in India have worked by small interest loans for gaining independence though baskets are not going to assist these guys wondering about their place in a macho culture.

Before escaping Holy Kitsch! Violeta said she was an international director filming in Australia focusing on the aboriginal experience, awesome. Her family background bears some similarities to my father's. Dad was a bohemian (though not Jewish) marched in a Communist march in Sydney late 1940's before becoming an engineer/industrialist/bespoke spring maker, actually those key rings you see with a kink - he designed those when copyright was not automatic and trademarks expensive etc and scientist, before all that an artist. He also attended uni with Archbishop Makarios who later became the leader in Cyprus. Times of various major leaders and political shifts, I have a photo! An intriguing background unlike other nations is discounted here as having any influence at all on your art making c.f Lucien Freud. It should not always count though in indigenous communities it can also be important.

Violeta was pleased to buy twin brown gum nut babies, Japanese (silicone rubber?) kewpies, different to Barbie as humorous although her daughter owns a brown Barbie, daughter is honey brown as is Mum, sort of. Daughter deftly took kewpies out of the window unbeknownst to me!  Violeta agreed with me that Barbie can look a bit grown up for kids though with those super long weird legs and feet with an unusual body shape they are a fave with trannies etc aside from kids. I have noticed kids end up using Barbies as drum sticks they become awfully messy.  I wrapped the bootie and daughter was content on the rocking horse. Then Violeta told me she was a film director WOW! Nice arvo 🤗




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