SYNOPSIS

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 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?
Director(s): Mário Patrocínio
Writer(s): Mário Patrocínio
 
Release Date: 2010
Category: Feature Documentary
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Status: Completed
 
Festivals: Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português, 2012 (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);
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).
 
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.

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