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Favela Rising (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 25, 2005

Country Brazil, USA

Production Companies
Sidetrack Films, Stealth Creations, VOY Pictures

Studio ThinkFilm

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• Favela Rising (2005)

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Genre: Documentary

Tagline: Their music fueled a movement. His message fought a war.

Plot: Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's documentary is a major achievement in nonfiction filmmaking, a vibrant, important work that is as inspiring as it is tragic. The narrative centers on Anderson Sá, a distinguished-looking young man who grew up in the worst of Rio di Janiero's infamously violent favelas, Vigário Geral. Though most residents of this extremely impoverished community do their best to cobble together a piecemeal living, the neighborhood is ruled over by murderous drug lords, whose average age of death is between 14 and 25 years old. In 1993, after one of these men murdered a few notoriously corrupt cops, the military police retaliated by brutally, and randomly, murdering 21 innocent favela residents. One of these victims was Sá's younger brother. Rather than allow the anger and despair to propel him into a place of darkness and revenge, Sá decided to stop the cycle of violence, using the universal language of music as his conduit to social awareness and rebellion. Mobilizing like-minded friends and musicians, he started a newsletter and a band to perform his upbeat, yet courageously honest music, which featured lyrics about the massacre and police brutality. The filmmakers track Sá’s project as it evolves from a small newsletter to a bona fide national music, with

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 Written by
Leandro Firmino
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Jonathan Haagensen
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