33. Who Can Shoot a Child?
Movie: City of God (2002)
Director: Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen
For a movie titled City of God, there's little mercy to be found here. And at the center of the brutality is the unfeeling drug dealer Li'l Ze. Irritated by a group of petty young criminals (as in, they wouldn't be old enough to even see this movie) named The Runts, the gang leader breaks up a meeting between them and captures a member too slow to run away.
The kid, who can't be any older than 10, stands in a corner, peeing his pants in fear as his pot belly hangs out of his tiny shirt. Li'l Ze gives him the option of which he'd rather have shot, his hand or his foot. As the crying little boy offers his hand, Li'l Ze fires into the child's shoe. —TA