Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

Directed by: Jason Kohn

Thursday, August 30 - 7:30pm
Somerville Theatre - 55 Davis Square
Tickets are $8
Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rain forests, and vibrant culture. However, in recent years, the country has developed more of a reputation for corrupt politicians, kidnapping, and plastic surgery.

MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet) artfully connects these seemingly disparate elements and conducts a dazzling, yet harrowing, examination of the tragic domino effect that has reshaped the face of the country and created an entire industry built on corruption.

From its unlikely opening on a money-laundering frog farm, MANDA BALA displays a strikingly distinctive tone. Featuring a stylish score and articulate interviews with kidnappers, kidnap victims, and the people who profit from them, as well as the paranoid people whose lives they impact, it looks and sounds more like a stylized fiction film than a heavy political documentary.

However, it is never glib or trivial, and always inventive and haunting. It documents Brazilian reality without falling into patronizing clichés and reveals that corruption and kidnapping represent two sides of the same violent crime: the rich steal from the poor, while the poor steal the rich.

MANDA BALA explores the cycles of violence that plague Brazil’s upper and lower economic classes in fits of rampant corruption and violent kidnappings. The film chronicles these cycles by utilizing highly personalized stories that reflect the growing truth about Brazil’s huge economic disparities—differences that cause violence on both sides of the spectrum.

- Documentary Grand Jury Prize
- Excellence in Cinematography
2007 Sundance Film Festival

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Day-of tickets go on sale Thursday, August 30 when the Somerville Theatre box office opens (after 3pm).

*Note that this is a theatre presentation, so there are no passes or rush lines. When tickets sell out, the show is sold out.

MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet)
MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet)
MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet)
MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet)
MANDA BALA (Send a Bullet)