Video — 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
When Luiz Inácio da Silva, a former metalworker known as 'Lula,' won the Brazilian presidency in 2002 on a campaign promising agrarian reform and an end to hunger, popular hopes for social change galvanized the nation. This film examines his failures and successes within the context of his election promises. The documentary sketches Lula's personal story -- a child of poor, illiterate farmers who in the Seventies became a charismatic union organizer and in the Eighties founded what would become Brazil's largest left-wing political party -- and blends this biography with an intimate look at living conditions for Brazil's impoverished majority. We accompany social workers from the government's "Zero Hunger" program as they visit the homes of the rural poor, and watch the police patrol the drug- and crime-infested hilltop favelas. Also features commentary by government officials, NGO leaders, political advisors, factory workers, the unemployed, wealthy landowners, small farmers, peasant members of the Landless Workers Movement, and includes highlights of Lula's speeches both to the activist-oriented World Social Forum and the international economic elite's World Economic Forum.