South America is becoming a hot spot for new movies especially with the extremely popular Narcos series making its way onto the scene – people loved watching the series so much that they began to search for other movies from the region, and guess what? There are a few golden oldies that are still great to watch and 4 of those top films came out of Brazil.
Pelé: Birth of a Legend
One of the best films to come out of Brazil is, in fact, quite a recent one while we will get to the golden oldies below. This is a story that follows the life of Brazilian superstar and arguably the best footballer in the world – Pele.
In the 1958 FIFA, World Cup Pele made a name for himself as the youngest footballer to win the coveted trophy and this was the beginning of his rise from a poor neighbourhood into football contracts that lifted his family out of poverty.
City of God (Cidade de Deus)
In 2002 the City of God rocked the world as the Brazilian film industry produced what was a low budget film but one that was filmed to perfection. Don’t let the low budget put you off because this looks like a multi-million-dollar movie and it would have been had the director not hired local actors from the Favelas the film is shot in.
Also, this film was nominated 5 times for ‘Academy Awards’.
This movie is an actual look into the lives of Brazilian Favelas and how gangs run riot – something we have seen in documentaries but never dramatized on the big screen to a global audience. The film brings home the economics of the Favelas.
However, the biggest point to take home is how it ends which we do not want to spoil for you, but look out for the young photographer Rocket whose character happens to be based on a ‘true story’ about someone that wants to make it out of the Favelas.
City of Men
This is another inside look into the Favelas of Brazil is much the same as the City of God. It is about 2 friends that find themselves on the opposite side of a drug war between gangs in Rio. The film pulls the same heartstrings as the City of God and is the perfect follow on if you liked the City of God.
This film could be seen as a spin-off to the above 2. It is a similar story about Favelas in Brazil but this time from the police authorities’ point of view. This time you get a look into both sides of the struggle between the elite police forces of the city – the BOPE and the gangs that rule the streets of the Favelas.
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