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  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Ishai Setton
  • Country: Brazil
A star medical examiner is called to Brasilia, the administrative capital of Brazil, to confirm the identity of a beautiful, young congressional aide's dead body. But his scientific rigor soon leads him to details of a multi-layered political scandal. This wild thriller by Cinema Novo pioneer Nelson Pereira dos Santos is a hallucinatory meditation on governmental corruption. | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Marina Person
  • Country: Brazil
Nostalgic, sweet, and at moments poignantly funny, Califórnia is a coming-of-age tale about a highschool student, Estela, growing up in São Paulo in the 1980s. Estela is doing all she can to get to California to visit her glamorous and cultured uncle. While focused on keeping her grades up, her life is complicated by romance, sex, and social pressures. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
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  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Country: Brazil
The acclaimed director of Pixote and Kiss of the Spider Woman dramatizes the 1992 prisoner revolt and massacre at Sao Paulo's infamous Carandiru penitentiary. A tender, forceful, and personal film for Babenco and ultimately an insightful metaphor of contemporary Brazilian society. | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Directed By: José Padilha
  • Country: Brazil
Fresh from its Golden Bear win at Berlin, and one of Brazil's most controversial films, Elite Squad is a searing look at the corruption of the special police force in the volatile slums of Rio. As one cop desperately tries to get out, two naive recruits see if they have what it takes to get in. | Read More
Crime and Thriller


  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Marcelo Laffitte
  • Country: Brazil
The lives of a beautiful biker babe and a tall blonde drag performer intertwine in this vibrant Rio-set romantic comedy. Elvis is an aspiring young photographer delivering pizzas to make ends meet. Madona's plans for a spectacular drag show have just been dashed when her rotten sometime lover steals all her money. When they meet by chance, Elvis and Madona's unlikely love will help them chase their dreams and deal with the obstacles that arise along the way. | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 56 minutes
  • Directed By: Simone Duarte
  • Country: USA and Brazil
Sergio Vieira de Mello spent his life helping refugees in Rwanda, East Timor and Cambodia. On August 19, 2003, the United Nations Special Envoy was killed by car bomb. Through interviews with Kofi Annan, Richard Holbrooke, and others. Presented in conjuction with the UN, along with the first steps, a UN-produced short film about childhood polio. In English and French | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Country: USA and Brazil
The dilemma of those who live in Rio's slums and struggle to overcome unbelievable poverty and gang violence seems even more painful since their favelas overlook one of the world's most beautiful beaches. This electrifying film depicts the journey of one remarkable individual who emerged from the favelas to create the nonviolent flowering of Afro-Brazilian culture known as Afro-reggae. | Read More
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  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: José Padilha and José Padilha
  • Country: Brazil
Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis. | Read More


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