Rhythmic Uprising

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Rhythmic Uprising

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Rhythmic Uprising is a documentary project that aims to produce a feature-length documentary film about social projects in Bahia, Brazil while at the same time empowering those same groups with digital video equipment donations and know-how.

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Rhythmic Uprising is a documentary project that aims to produce a feature-length documentary film about social projects in Bahia, Brazil while at the same time empowering those same groups with digital video equipment donations and know-how.

Due to launch in July of 2008, the film shows how Afro-Brazilian performing arts are used to fight racism, social illness, and poverty in Bahia, Brazil. While revealing the transformative powers of Bahia’s vibrant cultural inventions, community activists voice their on-going concerns and recent triumphs.

In Brazil and around the world, the celebrated Afro-Brazilian region of Bahia is synonymous with cultural proliferation. This is the largest concentration of afro-descendants outside of Africa. Terreiros de condomblé, quilombos, afoxês, blocos afros - these are the cultural conventions through which Brazil's blacks have affirmed their African heritage and waged war on poverty, racism, and oppression over the last 4 centuries.

Like many countries in the Americas, Brazil was made strong by it's enslaved African immigrants. Their sacrifice has never been repaid. As freed slave communities called "quilombos" did during the time of slavery, today's Afro-Brazilian cultural leaders are dismissing the racist, unbalanced power structures of modern Brazilian society by organizing their own microcosms - social institutions based on equality and African heritage that function as refuge and guidance for local youth. In contrast to larger Brazilian society, these groups empower and encourage their youth to become anything or anyone they want.

Saturated with Afro-Brazilian arts and music, this film documents the latest chapter in the history of black resistance in Bahia as told through the voices of project leaders and participants.

The goal of our project is to tell their story while at the same time empower them to continue telling their own stories.

Find out more at rhythmicuprising.org

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