June 12th: Cidade de Deus aka City of God (2002)

City of GodCast and Crew:  Fernando Meirelles (Director); Seu Jorge, Alice Braga

What It’s About: The story of the slums of Rio De Janeiro told through the eyes of two brothers.

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is the first day of the World Cup, being held in Rio.  One of the major concerns leading up to the competition has been the crime rate in Rio and the Brazilian government’s attempts to crack down on the chaos in the favelas.  We’ll be featuring films from Brazil (like this one, which is also simply one of the best movies of the last decade from any country) and films about soccer periodically until the final game.

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