Favela Rising (2005)



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The dilemma of those who live in Rio's slums and struggle to overcome unbelievable poverty and gang violence seems even more painful since their favelas overlook one of the world's most beautiful beaches. This is the journey of one remarkable individual who emerged from the favelas to create the nonviolent flowering of Afro-Brazilian culture known as Afro-reggae.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Mar 13, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Favela Rising

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

... an uneven, spasmodic film.

Full Review… | August 13, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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A remarkable story of transformation and challenge on several levels, some completely unexpected.

Full Review… | August 3, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Elevated by fantastic performance footage of Sa and his young protégés singing, dancing and rhythmically banging on cans, plastic bottles or anything else that can be fashioned into a drum -- and a cultural revolution.

Full Review… | August 3, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Favela Rising can't seem to find its center.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Seattle Times
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A movie that is compelling and moving. It's also an artfully filmed and edited study of a real 'rhythm nation.'

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.

Full Review… | May 31, 2006
Village Voice
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