In the large cities of Brazil, murder and killings claim about as many victims as the average civil war. The documentary The Little Prince's Rap (Against Wicked Souls) shows the story behind the cold facts. It focuses on two young men who live in Caramagibe, a suburb of the city of Recife. Each have their own way of arming themselves against the harsh society they live in. Helinho, better known in the community as 'the little prince', has taken the law into his own hands. He has chalked up 65 murders of criminals - wicked souls as he calls them. For him murder is like taking a drink of water: both are necessary to survive. Garnizé is a member of the rapgroup Faces do Subúrbio and politically active. He tries to survive through music and poetry in the violent city and to awaken a political awareness among others. Two kids, two separate weapons, in an undeclared war against crime and injustice.The makers do not restrict themselves to portraying Helinho as a hero trying to protect his neighbourhood and Garnizé as an example of how things can otherwise be. Rhythm and poetry propel the film forward, as it turns into an historic document about life, death, religion, unemployment, youth and old age, supported by funky music.

International title
The Little Prince's Rap
Filmmaker
Paulo Caldas, Marcelo Luna
Premiere
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Country
Brazil
Year
2000
Medium
35mm
Length
75’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Raccord Produçoes, Clélia Bessa
Sales
Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV
Writer
Marcelo Luna, Paulo Caldas