City Of God Essay

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City of God (2002) is a Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles, which sarcastically depicts violence and crimes in Rio de Janeiro in the period of 1960-1980. Rio de Janeiro is a slum for isolating poor people, which lacks of governance and regulation. Starting from the 1970s, the underlying juvenile gangs began to organise large-scale crimes and operate drug and arm traffic, and numerous children and teenagers were involved in. Violence and crime have became trivial issues while the police has no way to deal with. The story is presented by the spectator point of view of Rocket, whose life is unintentionally and irresistibly involved and influenced in the Gang war, indicating that people living in Rio de Janeiro have no choice for their life while they have to struggle in this treacherous city, accounted for the endless violence and crimes.

The last scene of the youth gangs impressed me the most. As Carrot was arrested and Li’l
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I personally believed that the disparity of wealth and inadequate support and assistance of street children are the major causes accounted for the occurrence of antisocial behaviour. According to The Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong (2012), “the Gini coefficient of Hong Kong in 2011 was 0.475”, which is above the aware line of 0.4 and is compatible to other big countries. The statistics indicated that income inequality is a serious problem Hong Kong. When referring to the news of street children engaged in crime and violence, most cases were occurred in grass-root community or the area of public housing estate (low rent apartment provided by the government to assist the poor). Therefore, children living in a low income family are more likely to become street children as most of their parents are busy at work and are unable to monitor

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