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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

Cast: Jader Barbalho, Claudio Fonteles, Helbio Dias, more...
Director: Jason Kohn, Jason Kohn
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: City Lights Home Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Political & Social Issues, Quirky Characters, Travel, Latin America, Brazil
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: English, Portuguese
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Brazil is a nation where political and economic corruption and violent crime are a way of life for many, and filmmaker Jason Kohn examines some of the more unusual ways they manifest themselves in this documentary. In Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), Kohn's subjects include a plastic surgeon whose practice is dominated by the victims of kidnappers who lost their ears to their captors; a political figure who uses his frog ranch as a cover for illegal business operations which have made him a multi-millionaire; and an auto customizer whose specialty is bullet-proofing luxury cars. Manda Bala (Send A Bullet) was screened in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A Noteworthy Lesson by RJones3 February 21, 2009 - 6:33 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I cannot say that this documentary was an eye-opener. Democracy south of the border is rarely of the showcase variety. Still, the fact that it was made at all, amid a culture of corruption in Brazil, is to the credit of the producer/director Jason Kohn. Too bad that it cannot be shown where it would have the most impact, in Brazil itself. I do not mean to be chauvinistic, but this documentary pales in comparison with some of the work done, for example, by PBS in their Frontline series. Its lesson, nevertheless, is noteworthy, and one too often dismissed in our culture of individualism and affluence: namely, that disparity of wealth breeds corruption and crime.

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