Screen/Society--North Carolina Latin American Film Festival--"Tropa de Elite"
Tropa de Elite
(Jose Padilha, 2007, 115 min, Brazil/ Netherlands/ USA/ Argentina, Portuguese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)
For decades, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been staggeringly lethal. Its violence-scarred and blood-strewn ghettos (or "favelas") are regularly patrolled by crazed drug gangs whose open-fire battles with police often spread out onto the main thoroughfares and turn ordinary civilians into casualties. In response, the Brazilian government formed a crack paramilitary force known as the BOPE (Batalho de Operaes Policiais Especiais, or Special Police Operations Battalion) to take matters into its own hands. Now, director Jos C. Padilha's social-consciousness drama Tropa de Elite carries viewers inside of BOPE for a scathing indictment of the cycle of violence that permeates Brazilian society, scripted by 12-year-plus BOPE veteran Rodrigo Pimentel. (Nathan Southern, Rovi)
-- Winner of the Golden Berlin Bea Award at the Berlin International Film Festival!
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: The Duke-UNC Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Duke University Center for International Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.