While I strive to be the among the first to post about new movies, I'm a little behind on this one. Philadelphia-based DJ Diplo and Brazilian director Leandro HBL made a documentary about funk carioca that's coming out on July 20th, called Favela on Blast. A little description from the BS Blog (which stands for Baller Status, mind you):
"The upcoming film documents the culture surrounding "Funk Carioca," a musical rhythm that mixes the American electronic funk of the 1980s 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 vocals using Brazilian slang."
From Hollywood Reporter:
"The party footage is exciting -- outrageously sexual and friendly to swaggering performances by singers young and, in the case of an eccentric-looking character named Biruleibe, grandfatherly. But equally fascinating is offstage footage in which the genre's stars hang out in slums some no longer call home but to which all seem to remain loyal, where flying a kite can stand in for more expensive diversions and hassles from police are a fact of life."
While I tend to be skeptical of movies like this that romanticize or demonize favelas and exoticize Brazilian culture and women, I'm interested in seeing the film and how it turned out, especially since it was also made by a Brazilian. It will also be interesting to see if it will have any impact on American musicians and if it fosters a greater interest in funk amongst gringos.
UPDATE: Thanks to Paul for finding an interview with Diplo discussing his career and the film: