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Ritmo do Morumbi

Meninos do Morumbi is a performing arts school in Sao Paolo, Brazil that gives children from favelas (slums) hope for the future. Meninos do Morumbi started in 1996 by professional drummer Flavio Pimenta, when he met three boys from the streets in the favelas and provided them drum lessons in his living room. Three children turned into the 3,000 students that now attend Meninos do Morumbi free of charge learning in drumming, dancing, singing, capoeira, English, and computer skills.

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The film shows the stories of several students, all from the favelas and depicts the various hardships faced in everyday favela life: violence, poverty, drug abuse, etc. The film then takes it back to the school and shows the positive influences students gain at Meninos do Morumbi. At the school, students are given more than education. Students are given a place without discrimination of class, a place to live through the passion of music and rhythm and most importantly a place of opportunity.

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Previous screenings

12 Nov – 15 Nov | Festival City, United States

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 13 Mar 2010