|Quito, Ecuador Airport|
What she didn’t know was that she was heading into the worst ever real life nightmare of her life, because she was falsely imprisoned on drug charges in a South American prison. Her repeated innocence protestation fell on the deaf ears of the Quito drug authorities after they allegedly found large packets of drugs (heroin or cocaine) in her luggage when leaving Ecuador for the states. She had no history of drug issues. She spent 22 months in this bad-place and almost died. I don’t want to tell you too much as it will spoil the movie for the viewers.
The conditions were horrific in the prison (at least in the movie) and many disgusting and terrible things happened to this innocent woman as she literally lay dying in a Quito prison called El Inca just outside of Quito. Her daughter didn’t give up trying to get her mother out of there. Very moving and touching story.
Frank and I just watched this movie, starring Barbara Hershey. We thought it was going to be another “chewing gum for the brain” type of movie, you know the typical violent, bad acting, no storyline type of movie, but we were pleasantly surprised with the excellent acting, especially by Barbara Hershey, she did a wonderful job, the scenes and storyline were believable, as we’ve heard about this very same thing happening with other travelers to Latin American countries. The movie is based on a true story, by the way.
This TV-based movie will stir your emotions; there is some violence but not continuous brutal violence that puts you to sleep; the movie moves right along in each new scene and keeps you interested until the very last.
We recommend this movie not just for the entertainment aspect of it but for wisdom when traveling abroad. I think when we travel again with “checked” luggage; we’ll have it locked so no one can just open it up and plant whatever they want, or we won’t “check” any luggage and just use carry-ons.
We watched the movie on our Ecuador Netflix and it is called “Left to Die”; Five thumbs up for her bravery and for the persistence of her daughter.
The one thing that was never made apparent in the end, was whom the drugs were planted by: the bad apples in authority, drug runners, or if her ex boyfriend planted them. Watch the movie and let us know what you think?
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