Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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New Brazilian film FAVELA RISING.

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary
Brazil/ U.S.A. 2005
78 min. Colour. In Portuguese with English subtitles

A docu-drama with some amazing music & visuals from the US cable network HBO. Looks absolutely amazing. Go through the website to download tracks & see the trailer.

"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."

Favela Rising website
MySpace Why not?
Force Theory Brooklyn musicians who did the soundtrack

2 comments:

Size 13 said...

Looks dope.

Blaze, you're smashing it with the Mental Combat blog. Check'n it everyday. Nice work.

AliaK said...

this looks great. I must admit I don't know much about Brazilian favelas apart from some articles I've read on the 'funk balls' (http://www.spraci.com/cgi-bin/boards.cgi?task=show&view=topics&area=x0wall&id=34760&bnarea=&ucode=) and the City of God / City of Men dvds. so it'll be good to see this to get another perspective.