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Doha Film Institute Brazil Cinema Showcase: Elite Squad to screen in February at the MIA

Feb 19, 2014

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Doha, Qatar; February 16, 2014: Doha Film Institute’s Qatar Brazil 2014 Cinema Showcase in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority continues this month with the second instalment of the series featuring action-packed crime thriller, ‘Elite Squad’ by Jose Padilha. The screenings will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) auditorium on Thursday 27th February and Friday 28th February at 7pm each night.

‘Elite Squad’ (2007) is an intense fictional look at Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas, the volatile slums where drug trafficking militias have gained control over virtually all aspects of daily life. The State Police Special Operations Battalion, which combats drug trafficking, operates regular, violent incursions into the favelas, and battalion leader Captain Nascimento is facing a crisis: in addition to the pressures of fighting within war zones, he must find and train his own replacement.

‘Elite Squad’ won the prestigious Golden Bear for Best Film, the top prize of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and was described by leading film magazine, Screen International, as “Intelligent, energetic and immensely watchable”,

The monthly programme of Brazilian films is presented in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority to celebrate the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, and was launched last month with a sold-out premiere screening of Walter Salles’ ‘Central Station’. The initiative will continue throughout 2014 on the last weekend of each month, presenting a selection of exceptional classic and contemporary films that highlight the rich diversity of Brazil’s cinematic history and bring audiences unforgettable works from internationally renowned directors.

There will be two screenings of ‘Elite Squad’ at the MIA Auditorium. The first screening will take place on Thursday 27th February at 7pm and the second screening will take place on Friday 28th February at 7:00pm. Tickets are now on sale at and at the MIA DFI Ticket Outlet*. Tickets are priced at QAR 35 for general public and a special discounted rate of QAR 25 for students.

For more information, please visit and look out for the next installment of screenings for the coming months.