RiseUp. From Aug 14th through 16th, 2009.
The official Florida premiere of RiseUp, a documentary film that showcases Jamaica’s underground music community and the struggles, dreams and aspirations of three young artists vying for their shot at success.
RiseUp is a journey into the heart of Jamaica – the island that gave birth to the worldwide cultural phenomenon of Reggae. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, three distinct and courageous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history.
With music and appearances by legends Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and a slew of soon-to-be superstars, RiseUp follows artists in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dancehalls of Kingston and the countryside. These artists demonstrate the raw power of hope and courage in a land which is largely unseen, but certainly not unsung.
A 30-minute Q&A with RiseUp director Luciano Blotta to follow each screening. RiseUp recently won “Best Music Documentary” at AFI/Discovery Channel’s national documentary film festival Silverdocs.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132