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An award-winning, international, independent documentary film in Portuguese with English captions. The story of the a Brasíl music group, Afro-Reggae. This group originated during the 1990's from one of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brasíl as told by co-founder Anderson-Sa. AfroReggae used the arts as a means of self-empowerment against drugs, poverty, homicide, poor education and unemployment. Basically, their issues are similar to some areas of the United States whereby youth want to express their creativity in a positive manner. As a result, AfroReggae made a difference with their message, music, and cultural dance in their favela and others throughout Rio de Janeiro during the 1990s. A very heart-warming, inspirational and empowering movie one of the best and must see movie this summer!
This film is educational and correlates with some of the components in the "Art-4-HEALTH SM" Experience Project: Visual Art, Outdoor Learning Centers and Martial Arts featuring Cultural Music and Dance/Creative Movement. The concept involving self-empowerment through the arts is a universal concept. The "Art-4- HEALTH SM" Experience Project is customized for each community gathering. Likewise, AfroReggae's core members specified that their program is customized for each favela. The cultural music and dance component of art provided the youth with inspiration, information and the tools necessary to empower and exercise options in achieving optimal health and well being. This model is an example of how the "Art-4- HEALTH SM" Experience Project can benefit neighborhoods (favelas) through art. The lack of right brained activites in public schools, the "Art-4- HEALTH SM" Experience Project can make a difference with student overall health, higher math and science test scores. The Afrikan Center Of Well Being, Inc. visit to Brasíl included the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia served as reminder of how art interconnects people and Afrikans throughout the diaspora.
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