Fronteira Da Grandeza

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 as seen through the eyes of those on the frontline of this fight.

  • Dodge Billingsley
    Director
  • Dodge Billingsley
    Writer
  • Dodge Billingsley
    Producer
  • Cory Leonard
    Producer
  • Marcelo Pontes
    Producer
  • Tim Psarras
    Editor
  • Dodge Billingsley
    Cinematography
  • Tim Psarras
    Cinematography
  • Scott Thornton
    Cinematography
  • Kenneth Hoffman
    Digital Effects
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Border Issues and Security
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    160,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Dodge Billingsley

As a filmmaker, Dodge Billingsley has criss-crossed the world in search of stories on the margins. He almost didn't make it back from filming his first film, Immortal Fortress: Inside Chechnya's Warrior Culture. However, since then he has continued to document areas, movements and peoples in remote, transitional, and often contested regions including Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Ukraine and northern India. In every case he seeks to let a larger story be revealed through the individual voices of those that have an everyday stake in those stories. Prior films include Helen Foster Snow: Witness to Revolution, Virgin Soldiers: A Marine Squad Invades Iraq, Masses to Masses: An Artist in Mao's China, Global Car, Balloon Man, and Unfortunate Brothers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma.

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Director Statement

I love discovering new truths. Often times what is written and documented on the strategic or macro level are not sentiments shared by those at ground zero. I think by telling some of these stories it can add to the larger narrative. Fronteira da Grandeza is no exception. Brazil has a long and complicated border, what may work in the south will not work in the north, and so a national border policy, or approach, probably won't work across the entire frontier. I think these stories need telling.