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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) -- 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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When the rich steal from the poor... the poor steal the rich
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jason Kohn 
Produced by
Valéria Cordeiro .... local producer: Fortaleza Crew
Regina Corrêa da Costa .... line producer: Phase 1
Julio DePietro .... executive producer
Joey Frank .... producer
Jared Goldman .... producer (as Jared Ian Goldman)
Jason Kohn .... producer
Mario Kohn .... associate producer
James Lloyd .... line producer: Phase 2
Original Music by
Force Theory 
Michael Furjanic 
Neill Sanford Livingston 
Cinematography by
Heloísa Passos 
Film Editing by
Doug Abel (senior editor)
Jenny Golden 
Andy Grieve 
Production Management
Sandra Lourenço .... production manager: Belem
Jair Neto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriela Cassaro .... first assistant director
Joey Frank .... assistant director
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound designer
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Thiago Bittencourt .... sound mixer
Gabriela Cunha .... sound mixer
Nelson Ferreira .... dialogue editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
James Nichols .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Matt Snedecor .... assistant sound editor
Michael Suarez .... sound technician
Visual Effects by
John Dowdell .... 2K digital intermediate colorist
Lloyd Forcellini .... 2k digital intermediate editor
Peter Heady .... 2k digital intermediate editor
Nuncle .... title design
Camera and Electrical Department
Kika Cunha .... aerial camera operator
Kika Cunha .... first assistant camera
Silvia Gangemi .... first assistant camera
Junior Loiola .... first assistant camera
Zitto Marques .... gaffer
Yugo Nakamura .... assistant video engineer
Heloísa Passos .... aerial camera operator
Fábio Porcelli .... steadicam operator
Fernanda Riscali .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Juliano Pinheiro .... assistant editor
Robyn Semien .... assistant editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Music Department
Mike Gamble .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Luciana Cerboncini .... production secretary
Eloa Chouzal .... head researcher
Fernando Fannuchi .... production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Cory Monden .... senior engineer
Vanessa Montenegro .... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Caroline Oliveira .... production assistant
Amon Santos Pinho .... researcher
Nathan Liebold .... technical operations (uncredited)
Thomas Doherty .... thanks
Emilia Mello .... special thanks

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USA:85 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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The filmmakers struggled to find a kidnapper to film after the bribes to get into the prison where their preferred interviewee was staying proved too steep. The driver of a cab they used one day delivered "packages" on the side for a kidnapper, and introduced them to the masked man interviewed extensively in the film. Director Jason Kohn also was at the kidnapper's home when police stopped by and walked around the outside, the one moment of filming he said he feared for his life.See more »


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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"You either steal with a gun or a pen...", 22 August 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

WARNING: There are some really gross images in this film! You'll see close-ups of reconstructive surgery and it is NOT for kids or the faint of heart! Don't say you weren't warned.

Having seen several Brazilian movies like CITY OF GOD, CENTRAL STATION and THE MAN OF THE YEAR, I wasn't especially surprised when I watched SEND A BULLET--I knew that São Paulo was practically Hell on Earth due to out of control crime. Even if the crime isn't quite as bad as these films have portrayed it, it is very bad as kidnapping is practically a past-time! How a few reviewers can give this film a score of 1 and say it is full of lies is beyond me--the rise in violent crime and the birthrate are serious issues and Brazil, unfortunately, is becoming famous for this. This is a country with amazing possibilities but serious problems such as these are dooming its future. As a result, many companies are reticent to send employees there or set up shop--further increasing the gap between the haves and the have nots.

What I like about this film is that instead of reveling in violence (especially like THE MAN OF THE YEAR), the film tries to get to the heart of much of the problem. With politicians stealing and only receiving a slap on the wrist (at best) from programs designed to stimulate the economy and benefit the people, it's no wonder that the poor feel entitled to steal as well. After all, they just kidnap a few people--whereas the rich scum politician in this film rapes an entire nation! The lesson on immorality given by big-shot politicians naturally trickles down to the needy poor. Until corruption in high places is dealt with, I would agree with this documentary that personal crime would naturally follow as a sense of right and wrong must flow from the top down to the people.

By the way, don't assume I hate Brazil or am blaming them for having the only corrupt system on the planet. Here in the States, several of our large cities have similar problems. While none of the cities are as large as São Paulo and the crime rate isn't quite as bad, cities such as Washington, Newark and Detroit are highly reminiscent of São Paulo because government leaders (the mayors) are caught stealing and the cities only get more and more unlivable. These jerks claim to love the poor so much and are STILL re-elected or championed by these ill-educated people when they are caught!! Human nature is simply amazing.

Considering how worked up I got writing this review, it's obvious that this is a good film. Despite one review that said the documentary was poorly constructed, I think it was deftly made--taking all these disparate interviews and footage and weaving them into a very compelling argument. An exceptional film and one that thankfully tries to get to the root of some of the problems.

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