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Bus 174, April 27

46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Sunday, April 27, 2003
6:00 a.m. BUS 174
José Padilha Brazil, 2002

(Onibus 174). This transfixing, tragic documentary account of a Rio de Janeiro bus hijacking is told with all the narrative tension of a thriller. Through riveting news footage, interviews, and testimonies, the film tracks the short life of hijacker Sandro do Nascimento, touching on issues of poverty, drug addiction, child abuse, police brutality, and media responsibility. Edited with the agility of the youth it records, the documentary probes the macrocosm of a city infrastructure that includes two million homeless children, an incompetent police force, and a media beast hungry for sensation.

—Cathleen Rountree

• Photographed by Cezar Moraes, Marcelo Guru. (120 mins)