City of God the book written by Paulo Lins was adapted and turned into a harrowing tale about the harsh realities of childhood and crime in Rio De Janeiro. The Director Fernando Ferreira Meirelles grew up in a middle class family and studied Architecture in Sao Paulo, so he couldn’t be further removed from the gritty reality depicted in this overwhelming crime drama, thats why he brought in Katia Lund to assist as co-director. The choice to use mostly unknown actors added to the realism of slum life and brought spontaneity to the film. Improvisation, and strong emotional connection was important to portraying the definitive and often brutal choices characters were supposed to make. The film wasn’t shot in the real city of God because it was too dangerous due to the ongoing drug war. It’s a movie about hope, passion, violence and consequences, told in Scorsese-esque style and one which will stay with you for a long time after watching.