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... an uneven, spasmodic film.
A remarkable story of transformation and challenge on several levels, some completely unexpected.
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.
Favela Rising can't seem to find its center.
A movie that is compelling and moving. It's also an artfully filmed and edited study of a real 'rhythm nation.'
All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.
A hit on the festival circuit -- socially-aware white liberals loving to "groove" to world music and all -- this well-intentioned documentary of cultural change through music is effective, if a little too earnest in delivery.
Like City of God and Bus 174 before it, Favela Rising is about as raw as it comes. This is not an apologetic film, but rather one that looks for the bright side in a bleak situation.
[The directors] junk up the telling of Sa's story with overworked editing, unnecessary graphic clutter and a confounding habit of using dubbed-over music on the live concert footage.
As a piece of documentary filmmaking, it's more a matter of excellent intentions than effective technique--a potentially powerful short doc stretched into a theatre length yawner.
An inspirational portrait of an unwanted kid who brought culture to a world that had known only violence.
Using a visual style of oversaturated colors that seem to leap off the screen, Mochary and Zimbalist offer an unforgettable portrait of the favelas, where young men openly polish their machine guns and a bullet-riddled body may lie around any corner.
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