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A Question of Perspective

Josefine Borrmann, Julia Luhnau /  63 Min. / Brasilien, USA, Deutschland 2011-2013 / OmeU


„Paz, Justiça e Liberdade“ - This slogan marks drug sale points of Rio de Janeiro; in songs, it is used to justify the self-proclaimed right to power of one of the biggest drug cartels of Rio. “Peace, Justice and Liberty” are the values the Brazilian drug cartel Commando Vermelho has prided itself on since its conspicuous formation in the 70s. But what do these values really embody? And even more importantly: What do they signify for the people whose lives are inevitably intertwined with the drug wars that have been raging for years?  Alongside the brothers Francisco and Leandro we start our search for answers to these questions and thereby take a look behind the scenes of one of the biggest drug cartels of Brazil. We accompany police offers, gang members, and favela inhabitants in their daily lives, learning of their very personal opinions, values, and future perspectives. From them, we learn that the recent pacification of favelas has been positively received by their inhabitants, albeit the persistent insecurity and mistrust of whether or not these changes will last beyond the international events incurring them, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Will these changes last past 2016? Can the government of Brazil guarantee permanence? Between antiquated and recently reformed police forces, between the government and the Comando Vermelho: Who really succeeds in achieving Peace, Justice and Liberty in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro?

"A Question of Perspective" has been invited to:

  • Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival

The film won "First Place Feature Documentary", "Best Concept", and "Best Directing" at LA New Wave Film Festival

  • Ethnocineca Vienna (May 2013)
  • Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Conference, Chicago, SVA Film Festivals: Best Student Film' award Nov. 21st 2013, 4PM