Original language title: ONIBUS 174
Country of production: Brazil
A powerful re-analysis of a traumatic act in modern Brazilian history. In 2000, a young man hijacks a bus in Rio de Janeiro. Orphaned at a young age, he had lived much of his life on Rio's mean streets, with lengthy stints in jail. And then he hijacked this bus. The bus soon comes to a standstill, and a lengthy stand-off began. Rio's police fail miserably to contain the crisis, and the presence of reporters, cameramen, and other onlookers amplified the confusion and danger of the situation. The entire event plays out on national television, and different levels of government get involved. The police on the scene now also have to deal with higher-ups giving decrees about what can and cannot happen on television. BUS 174 re-examines the entire event in scrupulous detail. Extensive interviews, live footage, and external footage again illustrate in exhaustive and sometimes exhausting detail just how bad the situation is on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Director: Jose Padilha
Jose Padhila was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1967. He wrote and produced THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE, a film directed by Academy Award-winner Nigel Noble. He also co-directed and co-produced two National Geographic television films with Marcos Prado: PANTANAL COWBOYS and FACING THE JAGUAR.
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