City of God-Schuyler DeMarinis-Blog Post #3


Here is a film for anyone who has not already seen this movie. City of God is a true story that follows the life of a young man growing up in the slums of Rio de Janeiro who wants nothing more than to escape the violence around him and take photographs for the local newspaper. It strays away from war, but many similarities and connections can be made to our class. It is in Portuguese so be ready for subtitles, but it is one of the better movies I have seen throughout my life.


I found that the trust that the main character and photographer had to make with these gangs to take their photographs to be very similar to some of the photographs done by the Bang Bang Club in Libya. To gain the trust of these tribes they almost had to work with the bad guys so to speak. They were their voice to the outside world. In City of God, the photographer becomes the only individual who is capable of taking pictures of these gangs. These gangs accept him as one of their own as a means of showing the outside world how badass they were. Eventually, it becomes too dangerous, much like in Libya.


A danger is very apparent when it comes to the photographers we have spoken about throughout this semester. It then becomes the question of why these artists are willing to risk their lives to get the shots they want. City of God is just another good example of what may drive a man to do such a crazy thing. It would be great to hear what you guys think.



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