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'City of God' Film Draws From Brazil Slum

The notorious Rio de Janeiro slum known as "The City of God," is a place most self-respecting Brazilians would prefer to avoid. But it is now the subject of a film that focuses on drug-dealing. It has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including best director. For the film, co-director Katia Lund recruited a number of young men from the slum and trained them as actors. NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

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Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk. He covers law enforcement and privacy. He has been focused on police and use of force since before the 2014 protests in Ferguson, and that coverage led to the creation of NPR's Criminal Justice Collaborative.