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Favela Rising [2005 film] by Jeff Zimbalist

Favela Rising [2005 film]

by Jeff Zimbalist (Director), Matt Mochary (Director)

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In person: co-director Jeff Zimbalist and sound designer Michael Furjanic The favelas of Brazil are brutal places — 600 slums with views and built into the steep mountains surrounding Rio's beaches. Jobs are rare; corrupt policemen routinely escalate the violence; and children, ensnared by warring drug cartels, die in epidemic numbers. Favela Rising tells a story of hope and change within one favela, where, after a police massacre, Anderson Sa resolves to find a way to end the violence and resurrect his town. Sa and his friends start a band, AfroReggae, and stand up to the gang leaders through their message of community and peace. Their success sparks the Afro-Brazilian movement, and soon music and dance classes give youth an outlet and foster community solidarity. Winner of the director's award at Tribeca, Favela Rising tells an inspiring story of change against all odds, one person and one song at a time. (ST)
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FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson's grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.
Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who becomes a social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum.
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Documents how former drug-trafficker, Anderson S and the Grupo Cultural AfroReggae are working to unite a Rio slum, or favela, against a violent drug industry and police oppression.

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