Release date:October 18, 2006
Studio:First Run/Icarus Films
The vast slums of Rio, the favelas, are notorious breeding grounds for some of the world’s worst violence and crime. "Justice" takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the criminal court that regularly tries drug and gun dealers, car thieves and petty criminals of every stripe, many of them teenagers. Then the camera follows the defendants, the prosecutors and the judges home. How does justice play out in a society in which one group lives in middle-class comfort and the other in unremitting squalor? Recording these economic imbalances with a calm and thoughtful eye, the filmmaker eschews testimony by experts, and instead lets viewers draw their own conclusions.