Corruption, Crime, Drugs, Slums and Neoliberalism

Chaz 2022-09-12 18:35:59

Almost no impression of Brazilian movies, the only memory is watching a "City of God" about a few years ago. After watching this film, I think that although the two films have different directors and plots, they reflect a similar theme, that is, a realistic reflection on the Brazilian society under neoliberalism.
Elite Force looks at the functioning of the nation's state institutions from a SWAT perspective. The operating mechanism of this country is gradually revealed to the audience along with the fate of a SWAT with a righteous conscience. Brazil's high crime rate, rampant drug crimes, and chaotic slums make the hero as a special police intolerable. He is determined to eliminate these criminal drug dealers and protect ordinary people.
Another character in the play is the leftist "Guevara", who opposes the official attitude towards drug dealers and criminals, claims to give these criminals human rights, and repeatedly preaches to the public that the crime of drug dealers is not only the cause of the criminals themselves, but also other reasons. reason. His stance was repelled by many police and officials. But due to political reasons, the official had to be polite to him. This also includes SWAT Nacibeto.
When Nacibeto was promoted for his contributions to suppressing prison riots, he also came into contact with more inside information, especially the mysterious death of his subordinates, the attack on his biological son, and the discovery that the state machine he fought and shed blood for was to create his own opposition machine of things. Determined to make what he knew to the public, he put the real criminals in jail. But as he says in his confession at the end of the credits, rooting out corruption has to touch the entire system.
The perspective of "City of God" is very unique. He looks at Brazilian society from the perspective of teenagers in Brazil's slums. Its cruelty makes everyone shudder. The social phenomena revealed by the two films are highly consistent. So, what's the reason?
In fact, if you do a little more understanding, you will know that this is not only the social reality of Brazil, but also the reality of other Latin American countries. This is not what Latin American countries are originally, but after the so-called Washington Consensus, Latin American countries generally accepted the new freedom of the United States. the inevitable result of the policy. Latin American countries have a very high rate of urbanization and a very modern way of life, but they are polarized and class antagonisms are extremely serious. The two films reflect this reality.
Neoliberalism has almost spread its word in China, but because of the economic crisis in 2008, it had to come to an abrupt end, and neoliberalism was thoroughly liquidated and criticized. This may be lucky for China, but today China still has not gotten rid of different Latin America but similar to Latin America. It seems that the era of economic development and prosperity hides deep crises at home and abroad, which requires us to wake up and prepare for it.

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    Officer: No, sir.

    Lt. Colonel Nascimento: Operation Iraq.