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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: The World Film Journal The film, City of God, is a Brazilian film directed and co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund respectively. City of God is an adaptation of Paulo Lins’ novel of 1997 bearing the same name as the film.
The film’s characters exist in reality making it more real and intense; in fact, some of the cast resided in Rio de Janeiro at the time of shooting this film. City of God focuses on the tagline that if one chooses to run, the beast catches up with them and, if they choose to stay, the beast eats them. This is a moral dilemma which faces the characters in the film, who have to choose to either leave the crime-infested suburb or stay put and become affected by the organized crime. The film has received much acclaim on different aspects ranging from receiving four Academy Award nominations, the best writing (adaptation), directing, editing and cinematography. The film opens by chickens being prepared for a meal, but one of the chickens manages to escape and is chased by a gang member who meet Rocket, a youth who seems to believe that the gang is out to kill him. The film’s excellent cinematography comes out when the chicken halts between the Rocket and the armed gang member showing the confusion being witnessed in the area by most young persons, unsure of which side to follow; either the bunch of criminals or the ordinary person. Suddenly, we are taken back to Rocket’s childhood days where he is playing soccer; here, we learn how the City of God was established in the late 1960s. ...
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