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R| 2 hr. 13 min.

Plot Summary
A young Brazilian hijacks a bus in Rio de Janeiro to rob its passengers. When he holds the entire bus hostage, the press broadcasts it live. This documentary chronicles the incompetent response by police officers to the public event inspired nationwide protest. Included are details about the captor's harsh childhood after witnessing his mother's murder. His homelessness provides but one example of the tragic social and political indifference for urban poverty in modern Brazil.

Cast: Yvonne Bezerra De Mello , Sandro do Nascimento , Rodrigo Pimentel , Luiz Eduardo Soares ,

Director: José Padilha

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: ThinkFilm

Bus 174 (2002)

Release Date: October 8th, 2003|2 hr. 13 min.

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  • The film takes us behind bars to hear horror stories from prisoners. They're illuminated by a black light to hide their identity. The effect is like looking at an X-ray. Moments like this attest to Padilha's artistry as a filmmaker. show more

  • It is to Padilha's enormous credit that he steadfastly kicks aside our own culturally imposed frames of reference, insisting that we see the truth, and the humanity, within this very real story. show more

  • This gripping Brazilian documentary shows a bus hijacking that spirals out of control because of police incompetence. show more

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