Gangs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This documentary is obviously a few years old as in the last four or five years the government has been attempting to pacify the Rio favelas before the World Cup and Olympic Games. Favelas began as illegal settlements on the hills of Rio where the poor and the emancipated slaves gathered. There were no provisions for the people living in poverty, forcing them to gather on the hills. Unlike immigrants from Europe who came over in the early-20th century and received land, usually in southern Brazil, these people have always had to make do with what they have. Some decide to turn to crime! This documentary is the story of those who have decided to become violent in the face of their poverty.


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