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DVD - 2008

Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. However, in recent years, the country has developed more of a reputation for corrupt politicians, kidnapping, and plastic surgery. This film connects these seemingly disparate elements and conducts a dazzling, yet harrowing, examination of the tragic domino effect that has reshaped the face of the country and created an entire industry built on corruption. it illustrates how corruption and kidnapping represent two sides of the same v...iolent crime.

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[New York, N.Y.] : City Lights Home Entertainment : Distributed by Warner/Elektra/Atlantic [2008]
Item Description
Title from container.
Originally released in 2007.
Special features: Director's and producer's audio commentary; additional scenes; exclusive featurettes.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, NTSC.
Not rated.
Sundance Film Festival, 2007: Documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Holoisa Passos ; editors, Doug Abel, Andy Grieve, Jenny Golden.
Other Authors
Jason Kohn (-)
Review by Library Journal Review

This highly stylized and subtly informative expose of labyrinthine corruption, decadence, and social inequality in contemporary Brazil fittingly earned both the Grand Jury Prize and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Recalling the powerfully inventive documentaries of Errol Morris (Thin Blue Line, Fog of War), for whom he worked for several years, first-time director Kohn similarly (but by no means imitatively) uses the production values characteristic of fictional films to intensify the exploration of a complex nonfictional theme whose initially incongruous parts are interwoven into a gradually unifying and revelatory whole. Among the many such parts is a host of interviews with kidnap victims and kidnappers, law enforcement officers, an innovative plastic surgeon who specializes in restoring the severed ears of kidnap victims, and an attorney general. What emerges is an unforgettable and searing portrait of systemic inequality from both ends of a society sharply polarized between a wealthy minority and a bitterly disenfranchised underclass. Extra features include the director's commentary. Highly recommended for all libraries.--Robert A. Sica, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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