Complexo - Parallel Universe
Director(s): Mário Patrocínio
Writer(s): Mário Patrocínio

Category: Documentaries
Genre: Political and Social
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Status: Completed
Duration: 80 min

Festivals: World Premier at International Festival of Rio de Janeiro, 2010, Brazil; Cape Verde International Film Festival, 2010, Cape Verde; Artivist International Film Festival 2010, US; Doc Lisboa 2010, Portugal; Philadelphia CineFest 2011, US; Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 2011, US; Festin - Festival de Cinema Itinerante da Língua Portuguesa 2011, Portugal; FIPA, International of Audiovisual Programs 2011, Biarritz, França; Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português 2012, Portugal.

Awards: Best International Film in Human Rights Category at Artivist International Film Festival, LA, NY, London, 2010, UK and US. Audience Award at Cape Verde International Film Festival, 2010, Cape Verde. Best Documentary Film at Caminhos Film Festival, 2012, Portugal. Honorable Mention by International Federation of Film Societies, at Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português, 2012, Portugal.
In the peak of tension in Rio de Janeiro, two Portuguese brothers ventured into the most feared favela (slum), and closely lived the largest police operation ever launched in that state; they felt in their skin what it is to wake up with the sound of gunfire and often to sleep accompanied by shots. The heads of the largest criminal faction of Rio speak intimately of the life in the world of Trafficking. A struggling mother's faith in Jesus makes her believe all is possible. "God is great, but business is nasty", says the president of the dwellers' association, who survived the frightening expansion of the complex, the arrival of crime, drugs and guns, who lived through many policies and wars. Mc Playboy is a funk artist who saw many of his friends murdered, and fights to destroy prejudice and to bring together the so-called both sides of society. Through action and words, each character adds a piece to a gigantic puzzle that reveals to us the daily life of the favela as a whole. How is it to survive within this reality?