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5th(2009)
Favela on Blast
Brazil, USA | 2008 | 81min | COLOR | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

For 20 years, a subculture in Brazil has emerged under society’s radar. Favela on Blast tells the stories of sex, love, poverty and pride for Rio’s marginalized people. They have their own language, style, and heroes. It’s a movie that's fast, heavy and violent like the city itself. This film is a flash of a few lives of charismatic people that relate to the funk music and a retelling of the subculture itself. Favela on Blast shows the culture surrounding ‘Funk Carioca’, a musical rhythm that mixes the American electronic funk of the 1980’s with the most diverse influences of Brazilian music. It is one of the most interesting musical movements in the world, and it comes from one of the most violent and poorest places too: the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Bombastic rhythms coming from the Miami Bass and loops and samples are united to powerful rap vocal using Brazilian slang. This is music that is designed to be listened to as loud as possible and with high bass pumping through the tropical nights of Rio. Wesley Pentz (Diplo), teamed up with Leandro HBL in 2005 to tell the story of the MC’s, DJ’s, dancers, and cultural producers who have spent their lives in the favela and are creating this vibrant scene. Together, they visited 60 favelas and conducted more than 100 interviews in order to explore the culture that surrounds Funk Carioca. In doing so, they have created a portrait of a subculture that defines the youth of Rio’s dismissed population. It’s music that is crass, dirty, violent and loud – but regardless, it is the soundtrack of their lives. 

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DIRECTOR

Leandro

Born in Brazil, in 1977, Leandro HBL created Mosquito Video & Design in 1996 at which he is the creative director. He started his career in Cuba in 1998 and studied Cinematography at the International Cinema and TV School of Cuba. From 2003 to 2006 Leandro joined FABRICA’s Audiovisual Department where he developed creative work in photo, video, cinema and installations.​

Wesley Pentz

Born in 1978 in the USA, Wesley Pentz (Dj Diplo) started to work with electronic music in 2002. In 2006, he founded Mad Decent LLC (USA), a music, film, multimedia and record label. Diplo has played as a DJ in various cities worldwide.
Producer
: Leandro HBL
Cast
: Mr. Catra Deise Tigrona Mc Leleco
Screenwriter
: Ricardo Mehedeff Breno Fortes Leandro HBL Wesley Pentz
Cinematography
: Leandro HBL
Art director
: Amiten
Editor
: Ricardo Mehedeff Breno Fortes
Sound
: Wesley Pentz Sany Pitbull