Title: Favela Rising
Grade Range: 10th grade – adult
Duration: 80 minutes
ABOUT THE MOVIE
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.
“People working hard for their living in an honorable way, seeing the work ethic needed was inspiring…just because they were dealt a “bad” hand of cards, they never gave up on what was important to them.”
– Bulkeley High School educator, Hartford, 5/2016