Complexo: Parallel Universe

Category: documentary
Director: Mário Patrocínio
Country: Portugal
Year: 2010
Length: 77'
Production Status: completed


In the peak of tension in Rio de Janeiro, two Portuguese brothers ventured into the most feared favela (slum), of Brazil. With 300 000 people, it is the largest gun and drug depot of the city, a place called Complexo do Alemão.
They closely lived the largest police operation ever launched in that state; they felt in their skin what it is to wake up with the sound of gun fire and often to sleep accompanied by shots. They lived the life of a simple dweller.
COMPLEXO reflects a fascinating parallel universe, as an order that emerges from the apparent anarchy of Brazilian marginal life.
How is it to survive within this reality

Participating Directors

Mário Patrocínio

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