Rise Up is about reggae music, the heartbeat of Jamaica. The genre has become popular worldwide due to the extraordinary talents of Bob Marley and other reggae players. But, far from the fancy international venues and festivals where the top players perform, there are new reggae beats emanating from the impoverished ghettos of Kingston. Reggae, as we see in the film, is an essential expression of people's anger and indignation about living in poverty, as well as a source of hope that they can overcome life's hardships.
Meet The Artists
follows three aspiring young artists as they try to build their music careers, while struggling to cope with the difficulties of their daily lives and, simply, survive. Kemoy is a naive, shy, church-going girl with a captivating and celebratory voice, and an extraordinary talent for improvising lyrics with stunning phrasing. Turbulence is a Rastafarian, a ghetto gangsta with rebellion in his blood, and an undying determination to have his voice and his opinions, as expressed in song, heard by the world. Ice Anastasia is a rich kid from uptown Kingston who, supported by his parents and a powerful producer, has all the trappings to make it to stardom, but faces the challenge of proving his chops on stage.
Director Luciano Blotta not only interviews Jamaica's cultural elite and presents footage of top reggae players such as Sly & Robbie, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Sizzla, among others, to provide an overview of reggae's essential meaning, he establishes reggae's millieu by taking us to small studios, street shows and crowded living quarters from which young artists RiseUp to make their music known to the world. And, they do deserve to be heard!
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- Title: Rise Up
- Director: Luciano Blotta
- Release Date: February 14, 2010 (Broadcast Premiere)
- Running Time: 88 mins.
- Parents Advisory: Advisory for content
- Locations: Jamaica
- Language: English
- Production Company: 1 Media
- Distribution Company: 1 Media
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