Dancing with the Devil

Dancing with the Devil: Fighting the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are rife with drugs, violence and murder. Dancing with the Devil, co-produced by Tom Phillips, the Guardian’s correspondent in Brazil, offers a rare insight into the murky underworld.

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  1. hahahah Imortal Technique 

  2. The illegality of drugs drives this carnage. In their mother country of Portugal, personal drug use has been decriminalized and the rates of drug usage are now among the lowest in Europe. Plus, their jails are not filled with non-violent offenders and Portugal’s crime has dropped as well.  That seems like a sane approach to this problem to me.

  3. Excellent film. A hard story to tell and a hard story to watch, which makes it an even bigger achievement. As I switched over and saw the opening credits to this film, I  thought I had seen the story before and that unless it was exceptional I would soon change channel. 

    “What is there to see of the Brazilian favela violence, drug wars etc, that has not already been covered?” I thought. This is going to be an exercise in voyeurism but for no other reason than entertainment; But I was wrong.

    By speaking to the people of all sides and taking time to cover them even during their unguarded moments, their moments of doubt, the unglamorous difficult days, the author was able to give a real picture of the characters involved, their weaknesses, and the external characters and situations with which they interact. 

    Tough, it is…. definitely. There are some harrowing scenes. There are also scenes of hope and some very informative observations from all of the participants (whether intentionally or not). For someone who wishes to understand, it is invaluable and it successfully puts a human face on all those involved. A great piece of work.

  4. Very graphic, some parts turned my stomach.