The police creep up the stairs, guns pointed. Bang! The door is kicked in and they flood through it into a darkened room. A young man is tied up on the floor. He opens his trembling mouth in disbelief, unable to utter a word. "You're going home, breathe, relax,"
they reassure him. He shakes, racked with indescribable emotion. A phone is handed to him. "Dad, they found me. I love you Dad"
, he sobs, still shaking uncontrollably. As they drive away from the scene, ever so slowly a smile appears on his face.
Kidnapping has reached crisis point in Brazil, with the number of cases sky-rocketing. "Put $25,000 in a suitcase"
, a disturbingly high-pitched voice screeches down the phone. "I don-t have that much! Please, let me speak to my father"
, comes the pleading response. "Screw you, you'll get your father back in pieces."
This is the nightmare that all too often becomes a reality in a country gripped by fear of kidnapping. "You can't imagine what it's like to get those phone calls"
, shudders the victim's son.
However, the anti-kidnapping squad are equally tough and they track the criminals relentlessly, adopting any tactics they can to free the victims, including taking the kidnapper's family into custody as a bargaining tool. "My mother is a Christian, man. She's got nothing to do with this"
, the kidnapper argues. "I'm not making small talk with a criminal. I want the victim set free"
, is the inspector's simple reply. A chilling and nerve-wracking journey through the squad's daily highs and lows, this doc will have you on the edge of your seat all the way.
Best Documentary, Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2010