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José Padilha (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
An outstanding example of the crusading documentary, this account of the tragic life and times of Rio street kid Sandro do Nascimento lays bare the inhumanity, incompetence and indifference that allow so many born into poverty to sink into depravity. On 12 June 2000, Sandro hijacked a bus and held the occupants hostage for over four hours. The stand-off was broadcast live to the nation and José Padilha and co-director Felipe Lacerda make compelling use of the contemporary TV footage. They also reveal his traumatic childhood - witnessing his mother's murder and, later, the butchering of his pals outside a church by men believed to be off-duty cops - and interview friends, SWAT officers and surviving hostages. The violent dénouement is perhaps over-dramatised, but, by then, the film-makers' points about Sandro, urban decay and the class divide in Brazilian society have been more than well made.


Documentary series.

Cast & Crew

Sandro do Nascimento Sandro do Nascimento
Yvonne Bezerra De Mello Yvonne Bezerra De Mello
Rodrigo Pimental Rodrigo Pimental
Luiz Eduardo Soares Luiz Eduardo Soares
Director José Padilha
Co-Director Felipe Lacerda
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Other Information

Language: Portuguese +subtitles Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Metrodome Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 30 Apr 2004


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