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Manda Bala - Brazilian Documentary Review & Movie Trailer

Review Date: October 27, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Manda Bala movie review

Filmmaker and director Jason Kohn does a terrific job illustrating the tie that binds a variety of strangers throughout Sao Paolo.  From frog farmers and plastic surgeons, to kidnap victims and Brazilian Police.  It's the Butterfly Effect caught on film, though with dark repercussions.


The documentary paints an amazing portrait of Sao Paolo, whose class system appears largely the result of centuries of political corruption. Although the connection between raising frogs on farms and violence in Sao Paolo is not made clear until the film progresses, it eventually makes for a powerful metaphor. 

 

The frogs being raised are cooped up to the point that they occasionally eat one another.  In a film that highlights the lives of people surviving in a crime-ridden and impoverished city, the comparison is perfect.


The actual footage of kidnap victims is striking, and a featured interview with a Brazilian kidnapper is both gritty and surprisingly profound.  The documentary is shot exceptionally well, and offers amazing views of the good and bad that Sao Paolo has to offer. If you enjoy a documentary that makes you think, Manda Bala is a film for you to watch.

 

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