Detective Bechara Jahlk is Brazil’s first private eye and became a celebrity as early as 1957, when he solved a mysterious kidnapping case widely covered by the media. He has since specialized in “corporate crime”. To solve cases he uses the skills of three investigative agents, Natasha, Julia and Tania. They infiltrate their “target” with high spying technology. In ANGELS OF RIO, Bechara’s agents investigate a case that starts with drug trafficking and leads us to approach other realities of the Brazilian society, from the favela world to the dark side of the country political history. They will be filmed as they unfold their investigation in front of our camera.

Rodrigo Vazquez

Rodrigo Vazquez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. He began working in TV in 1998 for BBC World.  As a free-lance producer / director / cameraman he worked extensively for Channel 4’s Unreported World Series, developing its style and content, filming in war zones from Central America to the Middle East. His work has been nominated for Royal Television Society Awards and obtained the prestigious Rory Peck Award for Features in 2003.

In 2005 Rodrigo founded Bethnal Films in order to produce independent feature films and documentaries. He subsequently produced “La Apertura”, a short film, “Looking for the Revolution”, four series for “Witness-Al Jazeera” and “Al Jazeera People & Power”, “Inside Hamas”, nominated for the 2008 Rory Peck Award, “Child Miners”, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2009 Montreal Human Rights Film Festival and set up international co-productions to make films such as “Angels of Rio” and “President Evo”.

From 2005 until today, Bethnal Films produced more than 30 films and TV programs for its long-term clients. Since then it has opened a fiction development unit to produce cutting-edge, independent films as a new way of giving a voice to the voiceless, through great stories that empower and inspire.


until january first, 2012

SBS (Australia), BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), Al Jazeera

International sales

Arte France distribution

Coproduction / presales

BBC Storyville