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Where Is The Baile Funk Going?

In collaboration with the NGO Meu Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a summer 2012 International Field Program team (Marta Tartar, Vanessa Griggs, and Alejandra Sacio) created a documentary following the campaign to revoke Resolution 013, which gives the police the power to allow or prohibit any cultural, artistic, and social event in Rio based on any criteria of their choosing. As more and more favelas are being pacified in preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics, many residents of these communities feel that their needs are being ignored and their right to cultural expression is being denied.

The funk movement is suffering under this resolution and the baile funk parties are being prohibited as a consequence of their historic association with violence and drugs. Because of this reality, this music and dance culture is adapting to it’s limitations and is evolving in order to create a new, positive identity.

This video is a 10 minute trailer of the full length 45 minute documentary which will be completed in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

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