El Helicoide: From Shopping Mall to Prison
Reporter/Producer: Karenina Velandia
Director/Designer: Charlie Newland
Producer: Kelvin Brown
Executive Producer: Jenny Norton
UX Designers: Alice Grenié and Cecilia Tombesi
Interactive 360 consultation: Ben Fogarty (Holoscribe, founder & CEO)
Additional Camera: Omar García
Celeste Olalquiaga, director of proyectohelicoide.com and co-editor, with Lisa Blackmore, of Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison (2018).
Archivo Fotografía Urbana.
Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, David Smolansky, Diana López, González family, Getty.
The Organization of American States, Human Right Watch, Amnesty International, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, Foro Penal, Justicia y Proceso, Una Ventana a la Libertad.
Special thanks to Celeste Olalquiaga, the detainees and their families, the solicitors, and the human rights activists who supported this investigation.
On the making of El Helicoide
The scenes depicted in this story were recreated based on descriptions given by interviewees, archive material or recent images shared from inside the prison.
Some details, including several names, have been changed to protect the identity of those interviewed.
All detainees who were interviewed as a part of this investigation have since been released. Several of them have left Venezuela.