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 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. Featuring a stylish score and articulate interviews with kidnappers, kidnap victims, and the people who profit off them, Jason Kohn's award winning documentary illustrates how corruption and kidnapping represent two sides of the same violent crime: the rich steal from the poor while the poor steal from the rich.
Jader Barbalho, Claudio Fonteles, Helbio Dias, Juarez Avelar, Paulo Lamarao