A resourceful motorcycle messenger risks his life to secure justice for a friend’s death and confronts his own desire for revenge.
“Moto Anjos” is a gripping and gritty story that authentically portrays the hazardous lives of Brazilian motorbike messengers. Discriminated and disenfranchised, this emerging and growing class struggle to provide for their families while fighting against pervasive corruption and criminality.
Alex is a resourceful motoboy who cheats death daily on the most dangerous streets in the world. One day his close friend is killed by a reckless motorist. Alex seeks justice, but a corrupt cop stands in his way. The cop has orders to destroy all evidence of the motorist’s complicity in the accident, because of the driver’s wealth and status.
Alex soon learns of this cover-up from his newfound love, the young Lillian, an intern at the Traffic Command Center.
With Lillian’s help, Alex closes in the corrupt cop, but his own criminal activity comes back to haunt him, and he soon becomes hunted by the cruel cop, putting Lillian and his young brother both in danger. Alex uses cunning and resolve to save his life, but at great personal sacrifice.
There are over 500,000 Motoboys in São Paulo alone, where every day at least one dies from a preventable accident. They are the expendable front line army for the business class in Brazil, without whom the city’s economic activity would suffer a near collapse.
From years of research comes a film project that makes sense out of the life of a motoboy, while depicting the limited choices in his life. Through workshops conducted at the University of São Paulo, and numerous in-field interviews, the director and screenwriters witnessed the desires and frustrations of the motoboy culture, along with all its inherent contradictions.
Out of the workshops grew a scholarship-based initiative to provide a group of motoboys training at the university. In addition to basic language and math skills, business and entrepreneurship training will be provided, as well as instruction in the creation of digital media. The idea is to empower this lower economic class with the tools by which they could lift themselves and their families into a better life.
While this initiative is showing promise, the motoboy culture itself must also undergo a similar transformation. It is our hope that, with continued education and through the often liberating experience of watching their world dramatized on the big screen, true progress can be made, for their betterment, for the betterment of the entire country, and by example, for the betterment of similar cultures worldwide.