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Manda bala Send a bullet
Frank, Joey.
Publication Information:
New York : City Lights Home Entertainment ; [New York?] : Distributed by Warner/Elektra/Atlantic, [2007]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Examines the practice of kidnapping in Brazil, which has arisen from a climate of political and societal corruption.
General Note:
Title from container.

Special features: Director's commentary; additional scenes.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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HV6604.B6 M363 2007V Adult DVD Central Library

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Brazil is a nation where political and economic corruption and violent crime are a way of life for many, and filmmaker Jason Kohn examines some of the more unusual ways they manifest themselves in this documentary. In Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), Kohn's subjects include a plastic surgeon whose practice is dominated by the victims of kidnappers who lost their ears to their captors; a political figure who uses his frog ranch as a cover for illegal business operations which have made him a multi-millionaire; and an auto customizer whose specialty is bullet-proofing luxury cars. Manda Bala (Send A Bullet) won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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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.