Favela Rising

Zimbalist, Jeff; Mochary, Matt
http://www.favelarising.com/

Publisher:  Sidetrack Films
Year Published:  2006  
Pages:  80 min  
Resource Type:  Film/Video
Cx Number:  CX8200

The story of Anderson Sa, and his quest to create a non-violent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae.


Abstract:  This documentary tells the story of one man, Anderson Sa, and his quest to create a non-violent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae. Anderson Sa was born in one of the worst favelas in Rio de Janeiro and grew up in a world full of violence and drug wars. In the favelas, children join the drug trafficking gangs at a young age because of the overwhelming poverty and the allure of money that drugs bring. The film makers follow Anderson Sa as he attempts to create an alternative space for community members and children where they can go to participate in music, art and dance. The members of the movement put on performances in order to gain media attention to the worsening conditions of Rio de Janeiro's favelas and the corruption of Rio's police force. The film documents the birth and spread of a non- violent movement within one of most violent places on earth.

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