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FILM DETAILS
Certificate TBC
Cast
Anderson Sa
Jose Junior
Directors
Matt Mochary
Jeff Zimbalist
Screenwriters
Running Time
80 minutes

Favela Rising
An arresting look at AfroReggae musical movement, born of Brazilian ghettos.


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Plot
The ghettos of Brazil are desperate and crime ridden. Amazingly, former drug dealer Anderson Sa has managed to turn his back on crime, and in the process created a new musical sound - AfroReggae. His epiphany came at a high price - the death of his brother, but now thousands use this form of expression as a means of escaping poverty.


Verdict
An uplifting story that's well worth telling, but the directors rather lose sight of the wider sociological ramifications to iconise a figurehead whose courage is couched in almost miraculous terms.


Reviewed by Patrick Peters

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