Sundance Review: Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

February 3, 2007

Manda Bala, the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, is a Brazilian Fahrenheit 9/11 that condemns a corrupt politician and troubled political system in Brazil through referencing kidnappings and scandals. Unlike Chasing Ghosts, the other documentary I saw at Sundance, Manda Bala is very theatrical, very powerful, and very well-made. Now I never want to go to Brazil for fear of being kidnapped or even being caught up in the incredibly corrupt political system.

Manda Bala

Although certainly well made, the only issue with Manda Bala is you have to be overly interested in the subject and open to the disturbing content that it uses to tell the story. Director Jason Kohn takes the more indirect route to describe the corrupt nature of Brazil and a particular leader and uses poignant imagery that can be too disturbing to most people, including ear reconstructive surgery and frogs being farmed and prepped for food, although effective in reaching the persuasive conclusion. The most I can say is that some of the most interesting films have come from Brazil and the Brazilian lifestyle, including at least this one and City of God as well as many others. Is it worth going out of your way to go see Manda Bala? Not really - only if you're looking for well-made docs, but that's it.

Manda Bala

Find more posts: Movie Reviews, Sundance 07


No comments posted yet.

Sorry, new comments are no longer allowed.




Alex's Top 10 - 2020
1. Nine Days
2. Berlin Alexanderplatz
3. Pixar's Soul
4. Pieces of a Woman
5. Feels Good Man
6. Another Round
7. The Truffle Hunters
8. Sound of Metal
9. Lovers Rock
10. Nomadland
Click Here for Thoughts

Adam's Top 10 - 2020
1. Spontaneous
2. Promising Y. Woman
3. Nomadland
4. The Vast of Night
5. Blow the Man Down
6. The Invisible Man
7. Minari
8. Possessor
9. Feels Good Man
10. Color Out of Space
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the latest posts only, follow this acct:

Add our updates to your Feedly: click here