Rise and Dream

About the film

About Rise and Dream

In a volatile region of the Philippines, a concert to celebrate peace is born.

Follow the story of 13 teenagers who accept a challenge to learn their own cultural instruments to perform on the biggest stage of their lives. Rise and Dream takes the viewer through the rigor of their rehearsals, and into the homes and hearts of this most unlikely student band.

In the midst of school, work and family responsibilities, the students rise above their obstacles as they explore the music of their ancestors. As the community mobilizes to support the concert, the expected attendance for the show triples in size, and the pressure begins to mount.

Home to one of the world's oldest documented conflicts, the southern Philippines is also a place of tremendous religious and cultural diversity. In the film, people of diverse religious backgrounds gather to help pull off an unprecedented concert in a community whose voice is often muffled by the enduring grip of poverty.

Despite the uncertainties of their daily life, the students in Rise and Dream show extraordinary resilience as the concert blooms into a celebration and becomes a reminder of the power of dreams in us all.

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