City of God | 2002

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

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Main Plot

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.


  • Alexandre Rodrigues' character in City of God is Rocket, who is a central character and the film's narrator.
  • Leandro Firmino portrays the character of Li'l Zé in the movie City of God, a ruthless and violent gang leader.
  • Matheus Nachtergaele's character is Carrot, a drug dealer in the slums of City of God who becomes a target for revenge.


In the ending of City of God, the cycle of violence continues as Rocket manages to escape the favela and becomes a photographer. Lil Ze's reign of terror comes to an end when he is killed by a former friend, and the favela gradually falls into chaos. Rocket captures the violence through his camera lens, highlighting the never-ending cycle of poverty, crime, and corruption. Despite the bleakness, Rocket finds hope in his photography, symbolizing the power of art to shed light on the harsh realities of society.

Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund