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Rio Film Festival Top 5: Music

The Midnight Music section of Rio Film Festival throws up some essential viewing for music lovers of all persuasions.

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
2012, 106 mins.
Ice-T goes in search of the roots of rap, the musical artform that took him from gang-banger to millionaire musician. Travelling from coast to coast in the United States, he meets such legends of the genre as Afrika Bambaataa, Nas, Mos Def, Eminem, Chuck D, KRS-One, Run DMC, Dr.Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg for an inside look at the.

  • 2/10 9pm - Cinépolis Lagoon
  • 9/10 11.30pm - Sesc Rio
  • 11/10 3.20pm - Vivo Gávea

Under African Skies
2012, 101 mins.
Paul Simon's Grammy Award-winning album Graceland, recorded in 1986 almost entirely in South Africa with local artists, mixed American Pop Folk with African rhythms and simultaneously helped lift the USA's apartheid-driven cultural embargo. Returning to the country 25 years later for a commemorative performance, the likes of Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones and David Byrne talk about the record and the delicate balance of politics and music.

  • 7/10 midnight - Sesc Rio
  • 9/10 5.30pm - Vivo Gávea
  • 11/10 6pm - Oi Futuro Ipanema

2011, 143 mins.
The legacy of Bob Marley on the global musical map is almost unparalleled, his timeless songwriting discovered anew by every generation since his premature death in 1981. This documentary draws on rare archive footage and his family to present an intimate look at his life as well as some explosive live performances.

  • 3/10 11.30pm - Sesc Rio
  • 5/10 7.15pm - Sesc Ipanema
  • 11/10 3pm - Sesc Botafogo

2012, 131 mins
The Michael Jackson album Bad turns 25 years old this year, and, whilst not one of his most highly regarded works, the legendary levels of creative perfectionism that pour from the rare footage and live recordings compiled by Spike Lee remain, with insightful words from the likes of Kanye West and Cee Lo Green.

  • 28/09 midnight - Odeon
  • 01/10 9pm - Cinépolis Lagoon
  • 4/10 9.30pm - São Luiz
  • 10/10 7.15pm - Sesc Botafogo

Shut Up and Play the Hits
2011, 108 mins.
LCD Soundsystem's farewell show at Madison Square Garden, New York, was a sold-out, four-hour post-punk epic, but it is the last 48 hours of the band's life that are documented here. A frank portrayal of the trappings of rock 'n' roll success led by the ever-entertaining frontman James Murphy.

  • 28/09 midnight - Sesc Rio
  • 30/09 5.30pm - Vivo Gávea
  • 4/10 9.50pm - Sesc Barra
  • 7/10 9.40pm - Sesc Ipanema

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