As a Brazilian-American I'm a little torn. On one hand this film lacks context. The characters lack depth and context, leading to a caricatured viewpoint that may reinforce stereotypes. On the other hand, the characters and stories are just damn interesting even without deep exploration. Also, since I speak portuguese, the dialogue format could not have been more perfect. Is it Brasploitation? I'm not sure.
This movie was banned in Brazil due to the influence of one of the subjects more heavily criticized in the movie. Great documentary! You can see Errol Morris' influence (the director worked with him). Some parts of the movie feel like a narrative film. shot in 35mm for a more cinematic feel.