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.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

... an uneven, spasmodic film.

Aug 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A remarkable story of transformation and challenge on several levels, some completely unexpected.

Aug 3, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 3, 2006

Favela Rising can't seem to find its center.

Jul 14, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.'

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.

May 31, 2006

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