Department of Anthropology

Screening: Favela Rising

Wed, January 31, 2007 | ART 1.112

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, January 31, beginning at 6 p.m., the University of Texas will screen Favela Rising, the award-winning documentary directed by Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist that chronicles the life story of Anderson Sá, a former drug trafficker turned social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. The film reveals the rise of Sá’s AfroReggae music movement and shows how the music and culture of Brazil’s underclass transform into a catalyst for grassroots social change. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance, Sá rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. \r\n\r\n


Anderson Sá will be on hand following the screening to participate in a Q and A session with audience members. Sá will be in Austin from Tuesday, January 30, to Sunday, February 4, for the XXVII Annual ILASSA Student Conference, at which he will deliver the  opening address at the Thompson Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 1. \r\n\r\n


The film screening is a major effort of ILASSA (Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association), an organization of graduate students in UT’s Latin American Studies program, and is sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication.\r\n\r\n


ILASSA is part of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The screening will help kick off its annual student conference, a world-renowned event that brings together students from across UT’s campus, as well as from other universities in the United States and around the world for three days of presentations related to Latin America. Now in its 27th year, the conference has become the largest and most prestigious of its kind.   \r\n\r\n


The screening, as well as the entire conference, is free and open to the public.


For more information on Favela Rising as well as for a list of film festival awards, please visit:


For more information, please contact Courtney Siegel at (817)247-6404 or  

Sponsored by: XXVII Annual ILASSA Student Conference

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