Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Favela Rising

Favela Rising The documentary "Favela Rising" tells the story of the music group AfroReggae, that started a movement in the drug trafficking Brazilian ghettos to fight for a better future against police brutality.

While the film is somehow interesting, but I am not sure where the point of the film really is. It spends quite some length to expose the corruption and cruelty from the police, but the filmmaker didn't interview a single police or government official in the film, nor any of those kids who jointed the AfroReggae. These musicians seem have a vision that music will bring these kids out of the gangs and drug lords. Oh really? Favela exists is because of poverty and lack of education. Hosting a huge rock concert and let the kids to play drums (actually huge plastic water jars) don't solve the poverty problem and don't give them education they need to have a better future. It's quite disappointing to see all the film is interested is the guy who founded this music group.

This film will be shown at the upcoming 49th San Francisco International Film Festival.

My rating: 5 out of 10.

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