In Wagner and de Burca’s experimental film RISE, poets, rappers, and musicians who belong to the collective R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) perform agitprop edutainment in the Toronto underground. R.I.S.E. is comprised of young, mainly first-and second-generation immigrants from the Caribbean for whom rhythm and poetry is an act of empowerment and self-expression. The film hybridizes fiction and documentary to establish a third language-territory—a space where rhythm and poetry are employed as catalysts to explore a complex diasporic and multi-cultural context.

RISE is a film commissioned by the AGYU and produced by Emelie Chhangur in partnership with R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) Edutainment. 


The photographs and films of Bárbara Wagner (born in Brasilia, Brazil; lives in Recife, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (born in Munich, Germany; lives in Recife, Brazil) have explored the boundary between documentary between fiction, the role performance plays in daily life, and the translation of ideas and styles across cultures. Their show at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo took as its jumping-off point the movement RISE, which relies on spoken-word performances and has been used in Canada to educate marginalized youths.


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    259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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    259 Lake Shore Blvd East

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