MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET)

Winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury and Cinematography prizes, Manda Bala (Send A Bullet) is a story of kidnapping and corruption in Brazil. Shot on film in Cinemascope, the story moves from the world’s largest frog farm to the favelas of Sao Paulo, revealing how a politician’s decision to launder millions of dollars in stolen public funds triggered a surreal chain reaction, sparking first a kidnapping epidemic and then creating an entirely new field within plastic surgery -  reconstructing the ears of wealthy hostage victims. From a kidnapper ruling over his favela to a wealthy young woman with two reconstructed ears to Jader Barbalho himself, among the most corrupt politicians in Brazil’s history, Manda Bala (Send A Bullet) vividly captures how political corruption and street violence are intricately woven together.