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Award-Winning Documentary 'Bus 174' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 17-20

RELEASED: Nov. 9, 2005

Buss 174 posterEAU CLAIRE — "Bus 174," an award-winning 2003 documentary that dissects an actual bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 will be presented at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nov. 17-20. An in-depth analysis of how one man's personal crisis became a national news phenomenon, the film will screen Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Combining live footage from the hijacking — which was broadcast on TV for four-and-a-half hours — with interviews and official documents, "Bus 174" tells two parallel stories. The film relates the dramatic events that unfolded as police tried to handle the hijack situation, while it also tells the remarkable life story of the hijacker, revealing how a typical Rio de Janeiro street kid who was systematically denied any kind of social existence was transformed into a violent criminal. At its core is compassion for those who are angry and uneducated.

Directed by Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda, the 122-minute Brazilian film is rated R for language, violent images and some drug material. The film is in Portuguese and will be shown with English subtitles.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door. The film is sponsored by the International Film Society.

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