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  • Summary: Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  1. Memorable and significant.
  2. An inspirational portrait of an unwanted kid who brought culture to a world that had known only violence.
  3. 75
    The larger message remains clear: Unified communities have more power than they realize, and the most vicious enemy of progress is learned helplessness.
  4. 70
    Elevated by fantastic performance footage of Sa and his young protégés singing, dancing and rhythmically banging on cans, plastic bottles or anything else that can be fashioned into a drum -- and a cultural revolution.
  5. Reviewed by: Erik Pedersen
    A daring and emotional documentary.
  6. All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Winn
    For all its drive and passion, Favela Rising is an uneven, spasmodic film.
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  1. Mar 23, 2011
    Truly uplifting stuff, the lead figure Anderson Sa is a collosal character whose rhythm and soul puts mainstream culture to shame. You can criticize the film all day if you like but it portrays a moment in the lives of Favela culture that is true. I learnt about how vulnerable the strong are and that we should never take anything for granted. 90/100 Expand