News from a Personal War, Bus 174

Film/Video
News from a Personal War

News from a Personal War

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

News from a Personal War

News from a Personal War

News from a Personal War

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

News from a Personal War

News from a Personal War

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Bus 174

Bus 174

Image courtesy of Zazen Produçãoes

Bus 174

Bus 174

Image courtesy of Zazen Produçãoes

Bus 174

Bus 174

Image courtesy of Zazen Produçãoes

IDFA 2011 | Trailer | Bus 174

News from a Personal War
Bus 174

(Notícias de uma guerra particular, João Moreira Salles, Katia Lund, 1999)
(Ônibus 174, José Padilha, 2002)

Via Brasil

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary continues with visits from some of the most prominent filmmakers working in Brazil today. Developed in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view in our galleries, this series offers an unprecedented opportunity to discover one of the most vital—and seldom seen—documentary traditions happening anywhere in the world.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014 7 PM
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 8:05 PM

From one of the codirectors of international phenomenon City of God, News from a Personal War succinctly lays out the battle between Rio’s police forces and the drug dealers who dominate the slums (favelas) that are dramatically perched on the hillsides overlooking the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. João Moreira Salles and Kátia Lund go beyond the cops’ and the dealers’ points of view to get all sides of the story: tracing the roots of Rio’s cocaine trade, exploring prison conditions and elaborating the international politics that inform it all. The result is an unusually spellbinding hour that’s harder-hitting and more astonishing than any fiction film could be. (56 mins., video)

Before he directed the blockbuster Elite Squad movies and the current RoboCop remake, José Padilha created Bus 174, one of the most widely distributed and acclaimed Brazilian documentaries. The film gives a minutely detailed account of a Rio bus holdup by an armed young man. The triangulated negotiations between the hijacker, the hostages, and the police were broadcast live on Brazilian TV networks, and the story became an emblematic case of both urban crime and police incompetence and abuse. Padilha’s unfolding of the narrative has all the compelling tension of a remarkable true crime story, but he also tells a larger story of the hijacker’s childhood and how it reveals some of the deepest tensions behind law and order in Rio. (122 mins., 35mm)

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