Friday Night ‘Fro: City Of God


It’s feels good to finally get to do another Friday Night ‘Fro. It also feels good to finally get to feature a movie I’ve been meaning to for a while: City Of God (or Cidade de Deus). The best way I can describe this movie to people who haven’t seen it is that it’s sorta like the Brazilian version of Boyz N The Hood…but more violent….and with subtitles. Naw, City Of God shouldn’t actually be compared to anything. It can stand on it’s own:

City of God is based on a true story that takes place in the 60’s where in the slums of Rio De Janeiro two boys growing up in the neighborhood take on different paths in life. The story is told through eyes of Buscape, a poor young fisherman’s son who dreams of becoming a photographer one day. His story narrates the violence and corruption surrounding the city and the rise and fall of one of the city’s most notorious boss’. Li’l Ze. As war wages on the streets Buscape’s only way out of this violent life is to expose its brutality the world through his pictures. Along the way the lives of other are put into perspective as their stories intersect with the events that take place.

And if you didn’t know, the hoods in Brazil are hard. Enjoy the movie and tell me what you think about the warm banana scene (You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it).

City Of God