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At first glance one would expect a movie titled City of God to show how poverty and marginalization would make criminals of frustrated people Instead we see how in an atmosphere of unsupervised chaos a single charismatic psychopath can hold sway over an entire population with the force of his sick personality Set on the mean streets of a Rio de Janeiro slum in the Cidade de Deus housing project City of God is a story about two boys who grow up in differing paths One Buscap Rodrigues becomes a photographer the other becomes a drug dealer The film follows their paths through a series of short stories as we learn about the violent often short lives of those wrapped up in the dangerous world of drugs and crime on Brazils cruelest area Based on a true story this movie spans two decades from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s It depicts an account of the brutal teenage gangs that battle for control of the drug trade in the Rio de Janeiro slums It is narrated through the eyes of Buscap in his arid housing project 15 miles outside of Rio De Janeiro beginning with him as a child looking up to the local hoods as they rob delivery trucks and ending with him photographing them for the local newspaper as they kill each other Although Buscap is a poor black kid who is too frail and scared to become an outlaw he is however smart to be content with an underpaid job He discovers that he can see the reality of his violent world with a different eye the eye of an artist Eventually he becomes a professional photographer That is his redemption And while there were good times Buscap s narration indicates that he does not miss them much This is where the politicians dump their garbage he says Criminals Homeless families Pack em up and send them to City of God
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