Preview: Favela on Blast

After an earlier post about Nois, a boutique of Brazilian directors, I was granted a glimpse of the future.

Here are some stills from the upcoming film Favela on Blast – directed by Leandro HBL and DJ Diplo.

Still photographer: Rebekka Elhers

Production designer: Leandro HBL

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Favela on Blast explores the universe of baile funk in Rio. An October premiere of the film in Brazil was followed last month by a European debut in Copenhagen.

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The two directors first collaborated on the music video for Diplo Rhythm and aficionados will know that Favela on Blast bears the title of Diplo’s breakthrough baile funk mixtape.

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I’ll keep this post updated on news of US/ UK release.

In the meantime it’s good to know that more favela films are in production. The World Film Collective are working with kids in the Morro dos Prazeres favela so they can make and edit footage from their mobile phones. (More on that here).

Previous Brazil:

Taschen’s Latin American Grapic Design

JR’s Women Are Heroes

2 comments so far

  1. […] Carioca documentary directed by Leandro HBL and Wesley Pentz (a.k.a. Diplo). The film premiered – not for the first time – at last week’s SXSW festival in Austin, but no sign of an actual release date […]

  2. […] & Leandro HBL’s excellent Baile Funk documentary, Favela on Blast, is finally getting a full DVD and digital release via Mad Decent on July 20th. Plus, for a week […]


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