News from a Personal War

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Alberto Flaksman and published by Others in 1999 - Portuguese narration

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An unvarnished documentary about the real Cidade de Deus (City of God). Policemen, drug dealers, and local inhabitants recount stories of everyday life on the frontlines of the notoriously violent favela. Co-director Lund later worked with Fernando Meirelles on City of God. Paulo Lins, one of the subjects in the documentary, wrote the novel on which City of God is based.

The documentary tells a similar story to City of God through interviews with police officers, drug-traffickers, and inhabitants of the slum. These dangerous neighborhoods are run by traffickers because police are reluctant to go in, which makes the residents not trust the police, which encourages armed vigilantism, which make the police even less likely to enter. When they do go in, they’re ready. One policeman interviewed asserts that they’re the best-trained, best-practiced urban combat unit on the planet.

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Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1638 kbps
Video Resolution: 704x400
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.760:1
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Languages: Portuguese
RunTime: 56:46
Part Size: 746 MB
Subtitles: English
Ripped by: Dentje

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