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City of God

Opens on September 19

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Director: Fernando Meirelles Run Time: 130 min. Release Year: 2002 Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen

Screenwriters: Bráulio MantovaniPaulo Lins

Producer: Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Mauricio Andrade Ramos

Co-presented by Vidiots community programming partner The Cinegogue

In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Phellipe Haagensen) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José “Zé” Pequeno (Douglas Silva) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, “Knockout Ned” (Leandro Firmino da Hora). An astounding work of world cinema, this powerful and authentic coming-of-age story was shot on location in the streets and alleyways of Rio de Janeiro.

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