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The Core Curriculum

City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, 2002

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In this film, based on real events, directors Meirelles and Lund depict the rise of organized crime in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro called Cidade de Deus. Known in English as the City of God, the suburb was founded in 1960 as part of a government plan to try and rid the city of Rio de Janeiro of favelas. By the early 1980s, it had become one of the most dangerous places in Brazil. The film follows characters as they negotiate the seemingly endless violence of their world.

Internet Movie Database ( and City of God (film) website.