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Over 2,000 attend Jean Charles screening in Brazil

Story by Jack Foley

MORE than 2,000 people have gathered on a soccer field in the Brazilian town of Gonzaga to see one of the first screenings of a new film about Jean Charles de Menezes.

Jean Charles, produced by British director Stephen Frears, follows the last months of the life of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician from Brazil who was shot dead on July 22, 2005, by British police at London’s Stockwell Underground station after being mistaken for a suicide bomber.

Gonzaga is the home-town of de Menezes and the screening was attended by his parents and brother, along with members of the cast and director Henrique Goldman. De Menezes is played by local film and TV star Selton Mello.

Commenting after the screening, Goldman told the Hollywood Reporter: “The crowd cried and laughed. It was one of the most emotional days of my life.”

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