Favela on Blast

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Rio de Janeiro may be one of the world's leading vacation destinations, but there's a side to the city that most tourists don't see, an underground community where young people without money or privilege have made a culture of their own. Rio's ghettos throb to the sounds of Baile funk, a hip-hop inspired style that combines the insistent electronic grooves of Miami bass, the sample-dappled sound of American rap and the sensuous rhythms of Brazilian music, while the lyrics speak of sex, violence and wild good times in a place where joy and danger walk hand in hand. American disc jockey and hip-hop producer Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz) is a serious fan of Baile funk, and he brought a camera crew to Rio to capture the raw excitement of the music and the thoughts of the people who make it and listen to it; Favela On Blast is a documentary drawn from his footage of wild live shows and one-on-one conversations with DJ's, rappers, dancers, producers and fans. Favela On Blast received its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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