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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 (20) | Top Critics (7)

... 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.

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.'

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.

May 31, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Favela Rising

We're on a documentary run in my film classes and its interesting the liking of good documentaries. This was another one where it shows the hardships of Rio and the jumpiness of the movie didn't hurt it. Just showed two sides of the picture tthat was stratifying. Great Documentary. 8/10

Tehe Tehe
Tehe Tehe

The most inspiring and uplifting documentary of all time. If it had been in English it would of won the Oscar. It was shortlisted by the Academy.


won many festival awards. great documentary on poverty in Brazil and one man's mission to change it.

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