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This edition: Citizen Boilesen

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(2009/Brazil, 93 min., color, documentary, in English and Portuguese with English subtitles) Dir.: Chaim Litewski. Henning Albert Boilesen was a naturalized Brazilian of Danish origin, president of Ultragaz, had close relationships with local military commanders in Sao Paulo, and collaborated with the Brazilian military in anti-terrorist activities, especially Operacao Bandeirante. His rapid rise into Brazil's corporate elite brought him national renown and Denmark's highest civilian honour. Nobody seemed to mind that in his spare time Boilesen participated in torturing left-wing radicals, though it would ultimately get him gunned down on the streets of the city he conquered. This investigative biography pieces together Boilesen's story, ultimately revealing the insidious connections between the business community and Brazil's military dictatorship. Guest: Chaim Litewski, director & writer. Distrib.: Chaim Litewski.