City of God (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 19 September 2011 | Certificate: To Be Announced
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Using street kids straight from the Cidade de Deus slum outside Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Meirelles' film is based on actual events that happened in the slum. The story, revealed by Buscape - a street kid who decides to become a photojournalist when he discovers he is not cut out to become a villain - revolves around the shadowy world of drugs and the violence which increases with each generation. Li'l Ze has grown up to become a natural-born-killer and attempt to take over the drugs trade of the city. However, this sparks a turf war which is photographed by Buscape, making the war famous.

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Hard to watch, but compelling tale of violence and poverty.

True story of a boy who survives the incredible gangwarfare and hardships on the street to become a journalist and return to document a situation that hasn't changed since he was born. If this is as realistic as it's portrayed these people have my sympathy. Four stars despite subtitles, you wont need them.

Catalogue No: MIROPBD2117