• 2003
  • Brazil Argentina
  • 2h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hector Babenco
  • Written by: Hector Babenco, Fernando Bonassi, Victor Navas, Story:, Dráuzio Varella
  • Cast: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos
  • Language: Portuguese

Based on the memoirs of Doctor Drauzio Varella, who set up an AIDS-prevention programme in the late 80s at Carandiru takes place in the notorious and now demolished São Paolo correctional facility, where 111 inmates were massacred in 1992 by military police. In this, the most successful film ever at the Brazilian boxoffice, Babenco and his writers weave the inmates tales into a memorable tapestry. The detained men are neither glamorised nor judged, but presented as human beings, struggling to maintain their spirits in this most despairing of environments. The fiesta-like atmosphere of visitation day and the joy of a wedding are contrasted with the treatment of sex offenders and the killings of those who transgress the code of respect.

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