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Tag: José Padilha

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On March 23, 2018, the online streaming platform, Netflix, launched "O Mecanismo" (The Mechanism), a series based on the "Operação Lava Jato" (Operation Car Wash), the investigation against the biggest...
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian actor Wagner Moura will star as the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in "Narcos," the newest Netflix original series. Available on Netflix in all markets beginning...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Militia groups have gained power and become prominent in headlines over the last few years, and now recent reports indicate they are responsible for almost half of the homicides...
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – There is a new U.S. - Brazil film company named Corisco setting up in Rio looking to capitalize on the strong market potential of Brazil. Vinicio Espinosa, chief operating...
By Anita Kirpalani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the most famous independent film festivals, the Sundance Film Festival, just closed its doors on January 30th in Utah (USA), after a well-rounded ten days of intense film-screenings....
By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In November 2010, thousands of members of the Rio police force and the Brazilian army were mobilized for a massive operation in the Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro in...

Elite What?

Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week I went to Cinemark Barra Downtown, twice, to watch director José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2). I was quite late, as over eleven million spectators watched...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following months of teasers and speculation, Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2), the sequel to the controversial and wildly popular Tropa de Elite finally opened in Brazil on...
By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - It may not be the most unusual sound to hear in the city, but the levels of firepower ricocheting off the hills of Dona Marta last week coupled with the...

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