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Square Grouper

Film Information

Exhibition Title Square Grouper
Original Title Square Grouper
English Title Square Grouper
Director Billy Corben
Year 2011
Format HD
Colour Color
Duration 100'
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Randy Valdes, Matt Staker
  • Edición / Editing: Jorge Díaz
  • Producción / Producer: Alfred Spellman, Billy Corben, Lindsey Snell
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Rakontur
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While the infamous cocaine cowboys were disfiguring Miami and making sensationalist headlines, marihuana kept flowing to the US on the same intense pace, but more peacefully now. In 1979, the Customs Office reported that 87% of the ganja confiscated in North America had been found in Southern Florida, since its five thousand miles coastline and river channels turned it into a paradise for smugglers who handled things much more quietly and almost without violence, as opposed to Griselda Blanco and her partners in the Colombian cartels. And that’s the tone –relaxed and unworried, i.e. stoned– Corben chooses to depict three of the more picturesque stories –stoner stories, one might say– from the time when it was easier to catch a “square grouper” (a pot bale thrown to the sea from pirate planes or boats) than a real one on Florida waters. It was the time of the redneck pirates from Everglades City, the church that used cannabis instead of hosts, and Robert Platshorn, who was convicted for marihuana trafficking and sentenced to 64 years (!) in prison.


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