Reality of the Favelas are a Success at the Movies
Winner of this year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, “Elite Squad” is one of those movies that few people can feel indifferent about.
“Elite Squad” takes a closer look at police brutality in combating favela violence in Brazil. Director José Padilha spent two years investigating Rio de Janeiro’s Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), in collaboration with current members of the Battalion, psychiatrists from the Military Police and former drug dealers, to get a first-hand account of policing the slums. His goal was to portray the story in as realistic a manner as possible, in order to give those who don’t live the daily dramas and horrors of slum life a short peak into the reality of living in a favela.