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Global Hip-Hop Film Series at Jefferson School traces cultural movement around the world

October 4, 2013


Oct. 04--Starting Monday, the Global Hip-Hop Film Series will screen four documentary films that illustrate hip-hop culture's broadening reach in the world at Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.

"Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City" will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Cigdem Akbay's film explores the impact of hip-hop culture on Islamic young people in Istanbul and shows how rappers, breakdancers and graffiti artists blend popular culture with local traditions in Turkey.

It will be followed by Jesse W. Shipley's "Living the Hip Life" at 6:30 p.m Monday. A portrait of street life in rural West Africa, the film follows the genre of hiplife music in Accra, Ghana, which combines American hip-hop with a variety of African musical genres. Hiplife leader Reggie Rockstone and the Mobile Boys rap group are featured.

Next, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, is "Follow Your Heart: China's New Youth Movement" by Duncan Jepson. Independent hip-hop artists in China clash with traditional values and new modern influences while their society changes around them.

"Blaze: The Truth About Hip-Hop" by Maurice Lynch can be seen at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The film's subjects discuss the importance of the Christian messages in their music and the differences between their approach and that of colleagues with more commercial approaches.

Producer Josh Green will be on hand for a discussion after the screening of Roger Paradiso's "I Want My Name Back" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The documentary traces the Sugarhill Gang's rise, fall and return. The group is credited with introducing hip-hop to the world more than three decades ago. Original members Wonder Mike (Michael Wright) and Master Gee (Guy O'Brien) struggled to create new music after disputes with a music label and the legal system cost them their musical identities.

The series concludes at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 with "Hip-Hop for President" by Anthony Amos and Bernard Hankins.

There's a suggested $8 donation per screening. For details, dial 260-8722.

Global Hip-Hop Film Series

5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11

Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center

$8 suggested donation



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