Brazilian Film Night: Bus 174 (2002)
Directed by José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda, the award-winning Brazilian documentary "Bus 174" (2002) details the June 12, 2000 bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro by Sandro Rosa do Nascimento.
From The New York Times...
The Brazilian documentary "Bus 174" is so wrenching and absorbing that you can easily lose sight of the sophistication of its techniques. Using a combination of video taken for Brazilian television and ex post facto talking-head interviews, the filmmakers, Felipe Lacerda and José Padilha, have made a deceptively straightforward film that has the force of tragedy and the depth of first-rate investigative journalism.
A stunning film that transfixes, fascinates, and confounds, Bus 174 tells in virtually real time the story of a ... bus hijacking, the elements forecasting its eruption, and the official incompetence that almost inexorably leads those involved into nightmarish tragedy. The kind of documentary that cannot be planned, Bus 174 doesn't roll out across the screen as much as it rolls, churns, and ultimately explodes.
Director José Padilha seamlessly interweaves news footage; interviews with survivors, law enforcement officials, and journalists; testimony from relatives and friends of the hijacker, and a clinical account of the hijacker's personal history to create a chronicle rooted equally in intimate details and national, even global, issues of poverty, criminality, and the blinkered state of more privileged populations.
Following the film, a brief faculty panel discussion on the film will be led by Craig Fischer and Bruce Dick from the Department of English; and Brent James from the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.