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Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of…
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Fresh Dressed - The Evolution of Rap Fashion
A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of…
Bad Rap - The Lives and Careers of Four Asian-American Rappers
This award-winning documentary follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into hip-hop culture, which often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists are driven to make the most…
Blacking Up - Hip-Hop's Remix of Race And Identity
Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago amid racial oppression and economic marginalization. It has moved beyond that specific community and embraced by young people worldwide, elevating it to a global youth culture. The…
Shake The Dust - Breakdancing Around the World
From executive producer and rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjoberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing…
Wild Style
Wild Style follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention.…
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap - Tracing the Rise and Global Influence of Hip-Hop
The craft. The history. The power. All these elements of the hip-hop movement are discussed with director Ice-T and the legends he interviews --Afrika Bambaataa, Eminem, Nas, Mos Def, Kanye West, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and Ice Cube--in…
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007…
Where Is Hope - The Art of Murder - Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities
It is estimated that over 50 percent of the victims of police brutality and police killings nationally have a disability that contributed to the incident. Disability is glazed over or not recorded in the official police reports. Nor is the…
Thug Immortal: Tupac Shakur
I am the future of Black America. "Can't nobody steal my shine"- Tupac Shakur in his last interview, one of the many exclusive pieces of footage featured in 'Thug Immortal". From his early appearances on record with Digital Underground to…
Jamel Shabazz - Street Photographer
In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. In JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style) pays tribute…
Pass The Mic! - Latin Hip-Hop Culture
From Richard Montes (Director, Producer) the acclaimed Hip Hop documentary film about the music industry. Finally, the suppressed voices from the Latin Hip-Hop culture are heard from in this compelling Safada Y Sano Production. Voyage into hip-hop's best-kept secret, and…
China Remix - African Hip-Hop Artists in China
This short documentary explores China's burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists who are trying to find success in the face of challenging labor and immigration laws in China's southeastern city of Guangzhou. The film…
My Identity - An American Teenager Converts to Islam
Ashley, a young Native-American Caucasian girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed. Surrounded by drugs and alcohol, at age 8 Ashley becomes a ward of the state. She is separated from…
Wu Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Kung Fu
Staten Island rap troupe, Wu Tang Clan gives their insight on the world of kung fu movies and how it played a major influence on their lifestyle and music. The science and philosophy of their lyrics are explained, as well…
NG83: When We Were B Boys - Hip Hop & Breakdancing in the U.K.
Five former breakdancers reflect on their youthful rites of passage through the vibrant U.K. hip hop scene of the early 1980s, and how it allowed them to escape the confines of life in inner city housing estates. As the wild…
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Rising Sun - A Hip-Hop Dance Crew Tours Europe
"You have to give up your old life before you can begin a new one" is the motto of the eight member Roc Kidz Crew, one of the most authentic hip-hop formations ever, and this is their film. The dancers…
Visiones: Latino Art & Culture - Episode 4
Part of the Series: Visiones: Latino Art & Culture Series
Episode four begins with New York's Latino Hip-Hop and dance cultures. The Hip-Hop story looks at the new wave of Latinos who took Hip-Hop and created a culture that revolutionized the genre. It features New York Hip-Hop dancing couple Rokafella…
5 Sides of a Coin
Exploding the myth that Hip-Hop is merely 'rap music,' "5 Sides of a Coin" is an overview of the worldwide phenomenon of Hip-Hop. Today Hip-Hop is a multi-billion dollar industry and a socially relevant culture. "5 Sides of a Coin"…
Search For The Everlasting Coconut Tree
Search For The Everlasting Coconut Tree chronicles the journey of musician and mentor WolfHawkJaguar (Adimu Madyun). As a facilitator for DetermiNation, a Black men's Group at United Roots in Oakland, California, WolfHawkJaguar is known for helping young men go from…