Favela Rising

Their music fuelled a movement His message fought a war


Synopsis

A man emerges from the slums of Rio to lead the Afro-Reggae cultural movement in this award- winning doc, released by Thinkfilm in North America. Anderson Sá grew up in the worst of Rio’s favelas ruled over by drug lords whose average age of death was 14 to 25. In 1993, after a cop killing, the military police retaliated by brutally, and randomly, murdering 21 innocent people, one of whom was Sá’s younger brother. Rather than let anger defeat him, he made a decision to try and stop the cycle of violence. Mobilising friends, Sá started a band, Afro- Reggae, to perform his upbeat, yet courageously honest music, which featured lyrics about police brutality. Before long Afro-Reggae was a whole movement, crossing favelas previously at war and luring kids away from guns and drugs and towards music and self-respect.

Genre

Feature Documentary

Director

Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist

Cast

Anderson Sá, Jose Junior

Country

US / Brazil

Production Status

Completed

Runtime

80 min 

Year

2005