[Brazil at Harvard] Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) - TODAY at the HFA

Marcio Siwi msiwi at fas.harvard.edu
Mon May 5 10:53:21 EDT 2008

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite)

Film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director José 
Padilha and scholars José Gatti and James Cavallaro.

Date: Monday, May 5, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Presented with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at 
HKS, The Harvard Film Archive, and the Harvard University Brazil Studies 
Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Fore More Information: 

Elite Squad has been a media event in Brazil since the first pirated 
copies of the workprint started circulating. It was an instant success 
upon its Brazilian release last fall and burst onto the international 
scene by winning top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. The film 
is an adaptation of a book by the same name written by anthropologist 
Luiz Eduardo Soares (the former national secretary of public security in 
Brazil) and two police officers, André Batista and Rodrigo Pimentel. The 
book recounts the experiences of Batista and Pimentel as officers in the 
Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, the Special Police Operations 
Battalion of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police. Soares is the former 
national secretary of public security in Brazil. Both the film and the 
book show police brutality and corruption, as well as the violence of 
drug traffickers, through the eyes and the voice of a policeman involved 
in a world where the war on crime itself becomes criminal.

Marcio Siwi
Fellow / Program Officer
Brazil Studies Program
Harvard University
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel (617) 495-5435

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