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Life and Debt

Life and Debt

Brazil's massive $130 billion debt is the ultimate cause of the shocking assassination of 500 street children a year in Rio de Janeiro.

This hard-hitting docu-drama argues that the children's only crime is that they are poor and have nowhere to go. The film examines the links between Brazil's economic crisis and its tragic social and ecological plight following 500 years of domination and exploitation by Europeans, Americans, and now Japanese.

'If there is a more precise and vivid essay on the root causes of Third World could not be more potent than Life and Debt .' Toronto Star

'A powerful polemical film.' The (London) Sunday Times


Main credits

Cavalcanti, Octavio Bezerra (film director)
Cavalcanti, Octavio Bezerra (film producer)
Souza, Herbert de (presenter)

Other credits

Original music, Brunno Nhnes, Paulo Mosman, Sergio Guita; photography, Helio Silva; editor, Severino Dada.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

At-Risk Youth
Conflict Resolution
Developing World
Latin American Studies


Brazil, street children, economic crisis,; "Life and Debt"; Bullfrog Films

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