Contest: Favela Rising On DVD

Favela Rising hit DVD store shelves on March 13th, and we have a copy for two lucky /Film readers. All you need to enter is to e-mail us with the reason why you should win. On March 22nd we will e-mail the winners with the best answers. More information on the release can be found after the jump.


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 S� 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.

At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson�s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.

Experience the music and dance that helped revolutionize Rio de Janeiro. The film chronicles the rise of the AfroReggae movement and showcases how music became a catalyst for grass-roots social change.

Directed by Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist, Favela Rising received accolades at over 35 film festivals, earning the Best New Documentary Filmmaker Awards at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Award at 2005 Leeds International Film Festival as well as the IDA Awards from the International Documentary Association in 2005.