The Brazilian police force is one of the deadliest in the world. Brazil’s population is 50 percent smaller than the United States’, but the Brazilian police killed more people in the last five years than U.S. police killed in the last 30 years. According to Amnesty International, 80 percent of those killed by police in Brazil are young, black and poor.
For them, death by police has become a normal part of daily life. The Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, a non-governmental and non partisan organization, reported that more than 3,000 people were killed by police last year at a rate of 8 people per day – a 37 percent increase compared to numbers recorded in 2013.
This short documentary follows the lives of Jhonata and Vitor; two young, black poets from the slums of Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil’s third largest city in the northeast. Despite being hailed as the African heartland of Brazil, with 90% of its residents claiming black roots, police violence against young black men is the highest in the country. Jhonata describes life as a permanent target by the police, being held up and and followed home. In Brazil, skin color is a matter of life and death.