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February 17, 2016

Atlanta Organization Plans Rise Up Rio Film Festival in Brazil During Olympics

ATLANTA, Georgia – February 16, 2016 - The Atlanta, GA based organization Rise Up & Care is pleased to announce the Rise Up Rio Film Festival for August 2016, coinciding with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.  Rise Up & Care is producing six documentary films that present the leadership, youth transformation, and innovation in six social organizations in six different marginalized neighborhoods of the city.  Each of the films is directed by Katia Lund, the acclaimed filmmaker and co-director of City of God  and News of a Particular War. 

Rise Up & Care provides expansion grants to each of the six featured organizations.  The organizations receiving awards are Miratus Badminton Association in Chacrinha (Jacarepaguá), Nós do Morro in Vidigal, Cinema Nosso in Lapa, Crescer e Viver in Praça Onze, Jongo da Serrinha in Madureira, and Redes de Maré in Maré.  Each organization was selected after an extensive vetting process including multiple personal visits of the Rise Up & Care directors.

 “All of the news coming out of Brazil right now is negative from Zika to corruption to recession.  However, at the ground level there is a lot of great news in Rio de Janeiro with an expanding civil society and some of the most impressive local social organizations and courageous leaders that we have ever encountered.” said Kirk Bowman, Rise Up & Care Co-founder and Georgia Tech professor.  “Each of these films tells an inspirational story of the human spirit.  The combined power of all six films is a complete re-imagining of Rio de Janeiro from the ground up,” Bowman added.  One of the trailers is available here: www.riseup.care/miratus/

“All of these organizations are inspirational and motivational with innovative and creative local leaders and a long track record of success.  Rise Up & Care is proud to partner with these world-class organizations.” said Jon Wilcox, Rise Up & Care Co-founder.

All these organizations are directed by established local leaders with a long record of successfully transforming the lives of young people. Each organization uses high-level performance in sports, education, or the performing arts to motivate and train young people in their communities.
About Rise Up & Care

Rise Up & Care is a 501c3 non-profit that identifies and invests in successful local organizations in developing communities that use high-level performance to transform the lives of young people and their communities.  Rise Up & Care uses film and media to inspire the world through the transformational stories of our local partners.  The Rise Up & Care innovative model is the subject of this TEDx Talk  https://youtu.be/W51BsasAx8I

For more information about Rise Up & Care and their local partners in Rio de Janeiro, please visit: http://www.riseup.care




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