CITY OF GOD
Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Alexandre Rodrigues,
Leandro Firmino Da Hora
Miramax Films; Directed by Fernando Meirelles
Rated R: 138 minutes: 2003
This shockingly violent film shows the unbelievable poverty, greed, danger and crime in the Cidade de Deus - a housing project started in the 60’s that became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. Busca-Pe is a poor black child who takes the eye of an artist to his horrific surroundings. He eventually becomes a professional photographer where he attempts to capture the humanity of a seemingly inhumane existence.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
This film addresses many issues from the 60’s that are still pertinent today – crime, poverty, gang violence. Have a panel discussion to bring these issues up on your campus.