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Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro

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Subject: Favelas, Bairro de Fátima, Fazenda Botafogo, Bairro Araújo, Bancários
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Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro

Cidade de Deus
Cidade de Deus is located in Rio de Janeiro
Cidade de Deus
Cidade de Deus
Location in Rio de Janeiro
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone West Zone

The neighborhood of Cidade de Deus (Portuguese pronunciation: , City of God) is in the West Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is also known as CDD among their inhabitants.

The neighborhood was founded in 1960, planned and executed by the government of Guanabara State as part of the policy to systematically remove favelas from the center of Rio de Janeiro and settling their inhabitants in the suburbs.

It is used as backdrop in the 2002 film City of God.

U.S. president Barack Obama visiting Rio's Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela. This favela started out as public housing built on marshy flatlands in the city's Western suburbs


  • Basic statistics 1
  • In literature and film 2
  • Local currency 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Basic statistics

  • Area (2003): 1.2058 km² (0.4656 mi²; 298.0 ac)
  • Population (2000): 38,016
  • Residences (2000): 10,866
  • Administrative Region: XXXIV - Cidade de Deus

In literature and film

Known in English as City of God, Cidade de Deus is the eponymous name of a 1997 semi-autobiographical novel by Paulo Lins, about three young men and their lives of petty crime during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in the favela where Lins grew up. An English translation by Alison Entrekin was published in 2006. The novel was filmed by Fernando Meirelles (director of The Constant Gardener (2005)) in 2002 under the same title City of God, with most of the cast from real-life favelas and in some cases, even Cidade de Deus itself. After filming, the producers set up help groups to encourage those involved to build more promising futures. In 2004 the film received four Academy Award nominations for cinematography, for director Meirelles, for editing and for adapted screenplay by Mantovani. In 2005 TIME chose it as one of the 100 greatest films of all time. The tagline "If you run, the beast catches; if you stay, the beast eats", is analogous to the English aphorism "Damned if you do, damned if you don't".

Local currency

In 2011, a local currency called CDD was created for use exclusively in the Cidade de Deus, to encourage inhabitants to spend more locally, thus boosting the local economy. The currency is subsidized. Its value is indexed[1] to about 20% higher than the national currency, the Brazilian real.[2]


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External links

  • Cidade de Deus Web Portal (in Portuguese)
  • Cidade de Deus on Google Maps
  • Inside City of God - slideshow by The New York Times
  • City of God movie official website
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