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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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Quest - An Intimate Portrait of an African-American Family
This New York Times Critics' Pick , filmed with verite intimacy for nearly a decade, is a moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his…
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…
Welcome to Death Row - The Story Behind Suge Knight's Infamous Record Label
In the wake of Suge Knight's move to destroy NWA and Ruthless, Death Row Records exploded on the music scene in 1993 with a "gangster rap" sound that had taken the world by storm. Despite its unprecedented success with stars…
Copyright Criminals - Musical Sampling and Copyright Law
This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression,…
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…
Say My Name - Young Female Hip Hop and R&B Artists
In a hip-hop world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. SAY MY NAME takes viewers on a…
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…
Sonita - An Afghan Feminist Rapper
Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the…
Nobody Knows My Name - Women and Hip Hop
This is a story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists exist within a culture that revolves around self-expression, the subjects of Rachel Raimist's documentary must struggle to…
Rubble Kings - How Hip-Hop Culture Stopped Gang Violence
From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. An unrealistic rage lay beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the birth of…
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…
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…
Stretch and Bobbito - Hip-Hop Radio That Changed Lives
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their…
Underground Chinese Hip-Hop - The Rap Pioneers of China
A fascinating documentary portrait of this nascent musical revolution, UNDERGROUND CHINESE HIP-HOP follows pioneering rapper MC Weber as he spearheads the creation of rap music in China. This form of creative self-expression has spread like wildfire amongst those struggling the…
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…
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…
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…