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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 19 April 2009 (Greece)
An examination of corruption and class warfare in Brazil as told through the stories of a wealthy businessman, a plastic surgeon who assists kidnapping victims and a politician whose income relies on a frog farm.

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Several stories are told simultaneously: a frog farm in northern Brasil launders money for a corrupt politician; a young woman who was kidnapped for ransom talks about her ordeal; a plastic surgeon discusses then demonstrates how to reconstruct a severed ear; a young business man has his cars armored and takes a course in evasive driving; a policeman in Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping squad discusses his work; a civil engineer, the attorney general, and a district attorney describe their anti-corruption efforts. Violence and corruption is Brasil: the object is money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When the rich steal from the poor... the poor steal the rich

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$14,030 (USA) (17 August 2007)

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$111,444 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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The kidnapper interviewed in the movie died in late 2006. The filmmakers said he was shot twice - in the shoulder and gut - in a shootout with police in which he killed two cops, was taken to the hospital and came out of the ambulance with a new bullet hole in his head. See more »

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Best Documentary Ever?
9 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I created an account just to review this movie. Well, especially in light of there being reviews with less than nine stars. Documentaries inform viewers of specific problems, but rarely deliver such powerful messages.

Apparently, though, some did not come away with it. It's clear, however, just not black and white. Things are not as easy as A and B in Brazil, or anywhere for that matter. If you don't get it, if you don't understand the ambiguity, then you are more than likely one of the many people responsible for perpetuating leaders like Jader.

Using beautiful shots and great taste in music, Kohn will take you on an fantastically varying exploration of extremely interesting characters. From a host of view points, you will see the "good" and "bad," "heroes" and "villains" of Brazil, and be forced to contemplate politics and human nature.

P.S. If you still don't get it at all. "Corruption cannot be seen only as someone has stolen money for himself,corruption is the thing that links all other crimes." (11:16)


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