A resourceful motorcycle messenger, determined to retrieve his stolen bike, must risk his life to confront a criminal gang, and save his young brother.
“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 night his wayward younger brother robs him of his trusty motorcycle at gunpoint. Alex must risk his life to retrieve his bike, and confront a vicious criminal gang to rescue his brother.
Determined to protect his brother, Alex refuses to go to the police, and can only rely on the trust and support of his tribe of fellow bikers, along with his newfound love, the young Lillian, an intern at the Traffic Command Center.
With Lillian’s help Alex closes in on his bike and his brother, until he witnesses a brutal execution, and soon becomes hunted by the relentless criminals, as well as a group of corrupt and cruel cops. 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.