BISSAU WAY | A narco gateway to Africa | Feature documentary. Guinea-Bissau has the closest shore in Africa for those sailing from Latin America. That should be a good thing, but it isn’t. What happens when a country’s greatest asset is the fact it doesn’t guard its borders? And what follows when a newly elected president chooses to chase those who tried to fight drug lords? In the last decades, Latin American drug traffickers allied themselves with some top politicians and military of one of the world’s poorest countries. Together they opened a wide transatlantic corridor for cocaine through an archipelago of more than 80 islands of lush vegetation without any surveillance from the state, leading to a new intercontinental route to Europe and elsewhere. Crossing Guinea-Bissau into Casamance, a rebel-driven territory in southern Senegal, and going from there to Mali, allegedly with the help of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, this passage may have become stronger than ever. Bissau Way is a documentary feature film directed by investigative journalist Micael Pereira and documentary filmmaker Carlos Isaac. With the intention of going after a story whose outcome is still open, they travel on three continents — Africa, America and Europe — in search of answers, on the trail of two fugitives in Mali and a fugitive in Mexico who were at the forefront of the largest ever cocaine seizures in Guinea-Bissau, recorded in 2019. Is Al Qaeda involved in the transport of the cocaine through the Sahara? Is the Sinaloa cartel behind the drug supply from Latin America? And who is the president of Guinea-Bissau protecting?
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