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Published on Sep 14, 2009
Maestrina da Favela documents a girl and her mission to liberate children from a life of drugs, violence and poverty. Filmed in a slum in Brazil's capital of happiness, Salvador, Bahia, with sounds from Africa a teenage girl beats empowerment into youth through drums. At the tender age of eight, Elen created a band infused with Samba, Swing, Reggae and African rhythms for the children of drug abused parents in her slum. From the former slave market town square of Pelourinho, Elen now 15 years old, has emerged from the Rocinha slum into a well respected musician and community leader for children all over Salvador. She moves beyond music and teaches children how to read and write during her spare time.