Every Friday throughout the summer, we'll be posting a movie that someone on our staff has picked as their favorite Miramax film. While the summer blockbusters invade the theaters, consider watching one of the staff picks over the weekend instead. Today's pick, City of God is from Jo Sherlock, VP of TV Sales in the UK.


The streets of the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with an artistic eye. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out.

Jo picJo Sherlock

City of God captures all the energy, grit, sense of danger, injustice but also the humour of Brazilian favela life, as well as the teenage tipping point between making a decision as whether you choose a successful or unsuccessful path for your future. I have spent a lot of time in Brazil and in these communities and it is very authentic.

Watch clips from City of God or watch the entire film on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes or Netflix now.