Spanning three decades in a sprawling, downtrodden favela (slum) on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, City of God traces the rise of crime in what is today one of the most notoriously violent boroughs in the world. Director Fernando Meirelles (Blindness, The Constant Gardener) follows a young boy as he tries to transcend the villainous, impoverished reality into which he has been born. Aspiring to become a professional photographer, he navigates through the gun-infested alleys and bloody passages of this bustling, infernal terrain in search of redemption. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

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Director: Fernando Meirelles

Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Philippe Haagensen, Johnathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia

MPAA Rating: R

Run Time: 2hrs 10mins

Release Year: 2002

Country Of Origin: Brazil