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School of Politics and International Relations

Film Screening | Fronteira da Grandeza: Securing Brazil’s Frontier

19 January 2018

Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, QMUL, Mile End Campus

Registration: All are welcome to attend.


Join us for the film screening of Fronteira da Grandeza: Securing Brazil’s Frontier on Friday 19th January 2018 at 17:30pm in Arts One Lecture Theatre, QMUL.

The documentary film screening will be followed by a Q&A/Panel discussion including:

  • Mr Dodge Billingsley- Fellow at David M. Kennedy Centre for International Studies at Brigham Young University & Director of Combat Films and Research
  • Mr Cory Leonard- Associate Director of BYU Kennedy Centre for International Studies


‘Although Brazil faces another wave of corruption scandals, it has risen faster than most countries in the past two decades. This rise has given way to a variety of challenges on its vast and mostly open frontier.  While the openness of its border has resulted in a cultural melting pot enriching the lives of millions, the relatively easy access has led to a steady flow of illicit international trafficking. Everything that can be smuggled is being smuggled; cigarettes, exotic animals, gasoline, precious metals and timber to name a few. Violence in the favelas, already at historic proportions, is fueled by drugs and guns, much of which enters Brazil unimpeded.  Despite the government's efforts to curb the flow of illegal activity and contraband, it faces an unenviable task—made even worse by Brazil’s location adjacent the three top drug producing countries in the world and rampant corruption on an official level. Fronteira provides a glimpse into the challenges facing Brazil’s frontier with implications for the future of Brazil itself through the eyes of those on the frontline of this fight’

Fronteira da Grandeza


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