City of God

City of God City of God is a housing project built in the 1960s that — in the early 80s — became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of a singular narrator: Buscapé, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also too smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs.

He grows up in a very violent environment. Buscapé soon discovers that he can see reality differently from others. His redemption is that he's been given an artist's point of view as a keen-eyed photographer. As Buscapeé is not the real protagonist of the film — only the narrator — he is not the one who makes the decisions that will determine the sequence of events. It is also through Buscapé's perspective of life that one can understand the complicated layers and humanity of a world, apparently condemned to endless violence.

18 No persons under 18 (Language, Violence)
130 minutes

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CastAlexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele
DirectorKátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles
Formats VHS
SA DistributorNu Metro

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