Something in the Air | Chicago Reader

Something in the Air

This timely 2002 Brazilian film tells the true story of Radio Favela, a renegade station started in the slums of Rio de Janeiro in 1980 as a sharp retort to racism, police repression, and the corporate stranglehold on the airwaves. An angry young student (Alexandre Moreno) and several friends patch together the most basic equipment to broadcast their message, a heady dose of community activism, speechifying, and contemporary music. With agitprop zeal directors Helvecio Ratton and Jorge Duran depict a period in Brazilian black culture when funk and hip-hop erupted as an expression of solidarity and discontent. The police spend years dogging the pirate broadcasters, continually arresting them and destroying their transmitters, but they keep reemerging as potent as ever. In Portuguese with subtitles. 92 min.

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