The film "BOPE: Tropa de Elite" is rocking Brazil right now. Despite leaking to the internet and (more importantly) to Brazil's vast network of street DVD dealers weeks before, it hit theaters nationwide this past weekend and is breaking records.
The film's explosive success and the way it resonates with practically everybody in all corners of Brazilian society make it certain to have a profound influence on the subject it tackles: society's response to corruption, crime, and drug use.
Since BOPE's protagonists are elite Rio police who shoot drug dealers, kill for revenge, summarily execute corrupt police and freely use torture--sometimes on children--this is a very scary possibility.
The debate about the film is something the world should be involved in, so I'm going to do my best here to make that possible, both with big video files and the at-times incredible context that pops up in casual conversation and the media here. Since massive copyright infringement is largely responsible for the film's phenomenon, there's no better way to kick things off than with the torrent.
"BOPE: Tropa de Elite" .torrent with English subtitles
"BOPE: Tropa de Elite" on Google video
Tropa de Elite. English wikipedia entry