Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)

Brazil is a nation where political and economic corruption and violent crime are a way of life for many, and filmmaker Jason Kohn examines some of the more unusual ways they manifest themselves in this documentary. In Manda Bala (Send a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The exciting and fast-paced documentary Manda Bala shows many sides of Brazil -- from the humorous and upbeat to the violent and disturbing.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

To address the economic inequality of teeming Sao Paulo, Brazil, documentary maker Jason Kohn has joined several loosely related topics into a sort of rhetorical doughnut, leaving a hole in the center where his thesis should be.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

We see where this is going early on; by the end, despite the film's beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned.

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Fernando F. Croce

Less interested in analyzing São Paulo's place in the shaky Brazilian system than in jacking it up with shorthand, gawk-at-the-foreigners shocks

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Kohn, who shot Manda Bala in lush widescreen format and makes deft use of Brazilian pop music to give the film a cleverly incongruous soundtrack, is intent on making a picture that is as visceral to watch as it is to contemplate.

Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary about corruption, crime and human adaptation during difficult circumstances, is a slick, sly and beautifully shot documentary.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Despite the seriousness of the topic, Manda Bala may be the most visually creative film you will see this year.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates...

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Kohn takes [risks] in this convoluted but fascinating documentary -- and most of those choices pay off.

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Stella Dallas
well done documentary with interwoven stories illuminating crime and corruption in sao paulo, where someone is kidnapped every day; the rich travel with… More
Tom S.
Saw it at Sundance and it blew me away. Jason Kohn showed me the light when it comes to documentaries. It's because of this movie that I've taken an… More
Steve K
A wonderful, if ultimately somewhat aloof, look at the prolific number of kidnappings in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and the social conditions that allow for it. Plays… More
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