Tuesday lecture series!
"Tense, engrossing, and superbly structured, BUS 174 is not just unforgettable drama but a skillfully developed argument." — J. Hoberman, Village Voice
BUS 174 is much more than a documentary about one deranged man hijacking a public bus. It unfolds this one mass media event into a broader discussion of Brazil’s neglect of its poorest citizens. Born in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Sandro Rosa do Nascimento witnessed his own mother’s murder and later became homeless; his hostage negotiations were cut short and he was likely strangled to death by BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais), the militarized police unit that has since become notorious for slum clearances around international events like the World Cup and this year’s Olympics. This screening will occasion discussion around Latin American cinema’s diverse attempts to represent, theorize, and condemn poverty, from neorealist classics like Luis Buñuel’s LOS OLVIDADOS (1950) and Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ RIO, ZONA NORTE (1957) through the quasi-documentary approaches of Fernando Birri’s TIRE DIÉ (1960) and Héctor Babenco’s PIXOTE: LAW OF THE WEAKEST (1983). In Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Zazen Producoes, and the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. (Daniel R. Quiles)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.