Buscapé is a poor, black and very sensitive young man who grows up in a universe of violence. He lives in Cidade de Deus, a Rio de Janeiro favela known for being one of the most violent places in the city. Frightened by the possibility of becoming a bandit, he ends up being saved from his fate because of his talent as a photographer, which allows him to pursue a career. It's through his work behind the camera that Buscapé analyzes the day-to-day life of the favela where he lives, where violence appears to be infinite.
Based on the book by Paulo Lins.
Alexandre Rodrigues, Seu Jorge, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Douglas Silva, Mateus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen, Jonathan Haagensen, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia, Mary Sheyla
- Screenplay: Bráulio Mantovani
- Editing: Daniel Rezende
- Cinematography director: César Charlone
- Original music: Antonio Pinto and Ed Cortes
- Sound: Martín Hernández, Guilherme Ayrosa and Paulo Ricardo Nunes
- Production: Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Mauricio Andrade Ramos
- Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2004
- Nominated for the Golden Globes 2003
- Selected at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
- BAFTA Awards 2003 Best Editing Award
- Best Film at the ABC Cinematography Award 2003
- Audience Award of the Best of the Guadalajara Festival 2003
- Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Cinematography at Havana Festival 2002