Opinion: Lula, Brazil’s Horatio Alger Hero?

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon owes the inspiration for this column to a 2009 film entitled “Lula, Son of Brasil”, a box office flop released during the 2010 Presidential election campaign when Lula was maneuvering to get Dilma elected.

The film — panned by critics as one of the worst in decades and denounced as a propaganda piece — was (surprise!) nominated by Brazil’s Ministry of Culture for the Oscar as Best Foreign Film.

After all, it tells the heart-warming tale of a street urchin from Brazil’s backwards Northeast region, who makes . . .

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