FAVELA RISING | AWARD-WINNING BRAZILIAN DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES IN THEATERS JUNE 2ND & ON CINEMAX THIS MONTH
While thousands of revelers flock to Río de Janeiro every year for carnival, there is a different part of Brazil that most folks don’t see or don’t want to see. It is the side of the Brazil that is typified by its Favelas, the ultra-violent slums where the glimmer of hope barely enters. Into this dismal state of affairs enters Favela Rising, an award-winning documentary that centers on the life of Anderson Sá, a former drug-dealer who turns to music and Afro-Brazilian culture to uplift his fellow slum-dwellers. His conversion from ghetto predator to hood hero began with the massacre, by the notoriously brutal Brazilian police, of his brothers and several of his friends in one of the worst slums in Brazil, Vigário Geral. Favela Rising is a gut-wrenching yet truly inspiring film about the triumph of the human spirit over tremendous and seemingly insurmountable odds. The Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary produced and directed Favela Rising premieres this month on Cinemax. It also makes its NYC theater debut on June 2nd at the Village East Cinemas.