Sometime during the afternoon of June 12. Sandro di Nascimento, a disenfranchised young man who had survived a harsh and brutal childhood in the favellas of Rio boarded a bus on route 174 and took its passengers hostage. For 4 and a half hours, a tense stand off played out between the police and what was thought to be merely a drugged up street kid. In the devastating aftermath, filmmaker Jose Padilha meticulously wove together Sandra's story from hours of live television footage and testimony from the hijack survivors, police rescue teams, acquaintances and members of Sandra's family. Padilha's multi award winning documentary traces two parallel and equally devastating stories. The dramatic hijacking unfolds as it had in front of 35 million Brazilians who witnessed the police try and fail to handle the rapidly escalating situation. And then there is the even more tragic story of Sandra. In his youth, a survivor one of the most dreadful instances of urban violence in Brazil, Sandra's legacy of personal failure and the failure of his country to help those like him, collided with a restless social and economic climate that one fateful day, bringing to a bloody end his unexpected journey from the streets to the eyes of the world.
Sandro do Nascimento, Rodrigo Pimentel, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anonymous, Maria Aparecida, Captain Batista, Luanna Belmon, Claudete Beltrana, Luciana Carvalho, Coelho, Damiana, Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, Julieta do Nacimento