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News from a Personal War (1999)

Notícias de uma Guerra Particular (original title)
Documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners.

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Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles (as J. Moreira Salles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nilton Cerqueira Nilton Cerqueira ... Himself
Carlos Luis Gregório Carlos Luis Gregório ... Himself
Paulo Lins Paulo Lins ... Himself
Hélio Luz Hélio Luz ... Himself
Rodrigo Pimentel Rodrigo Pimentel ... Himself
Itamar Silva Itamar Silva ... Himself
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Documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners.

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Country:

Brazil | Spain

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

14 April 1999 (Brazil) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the DVD for City of God (2002). See more »

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Hélio Luz: Let's say we operate both in the favela and in the rich neighborhoods. People would have to stop sniffing coke at their chic parties. There would be search warrants and doors getting kicked down at beachfront condos; isn't that right? This is an honest police force.
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Honesty is the key word of this documentary
27 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

All those who have seen Brazilian film "City of God" will feel illuminated to learn that this highly original documentary film was the inspiration for it.If a violent film like "City of God" was appreciated for being an outstanding fiction film,Notícias de uma Guerra Particular would also be regarded highly as an honest visual document about everyday violence which takes it toll on the residents of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.The film is multidimensional and we get to hear many views of people from all walks of life.We hear what police,drug dealers,drug addicts and Favela residents have to say. There is hardly any blame game which takes place in this film as Katia Lund and João Moreira Salles do not take sides.They show us images which are true to themselves.These are some of the images which might shock us but they were shot in order to reveal the hidden truth behind abominable drug trade in Rio.An excellent documentary film for those people who appreciate Brazilian cinema and are aware of serious films like Pixote a lei do mas fraco,Ônibus 174 and Tropa de Elite.


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