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CITY OF GOD (2002) - Blood on Earth: Films from the African and Caribbean Diaspora

  • DIR. Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles

  • YEAR. 2002

  • COUNTRY. Brazil

  • RUN-TIME. 130 mins

  • RATING. 18

    £6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

    Doors 7.00PM

    Film 7.30PM

Original title Cicade de Deus, City of God is the story of a group of young people living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and the separate paths they take through life against the backdrop of a circumscribed and unforgiving setting. Loosely based on real events, and starring amateur actors, many of whom were from favelas themselves, the film follows both the organised crime of the 1960s to the 1980s in Brazil, and the myriad coming of age tales of the canny (in some aspects) group.

Yes, City of God tells a story about the hopeless, desperate denizens of a drug- and violence-riddled slum. But tells a story, and does so with a narrative panache that owes more to Scorsese or Tarantino than to any well-meaning documentarian.
— The Atlantic

Blood on Earth comprises a series of films embracing work which explores the human condition through stories from the African and Caribbean diaspora. The films showcased will cover feminist, LGBTQ+, class, and postcolonial dialogues, and in doing so bring a broad range of perspectives to the screen on a monthly basis.