Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017

I Want My Name Back


Year: 2011
Country: USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

I Want My Name Back

"See I am Wonder Mike, and I like to say hello!" From the number one selling hip-hop single of all time, many of us are familiar with this iconic lyric of the megahit Rapper's Delight—the first ever rap song to hit it big, premiering nationally in clubs in 1979 and selling 10 million records over the past three decades. But how sure are you that the man behind these rhapsodic rhymes is really Wonder Mike? A compelling, and at times infuriating, documentary about the ultimate case of identity theft, I WANT MY NAME BACK tells the sad story of how the original Sugarhill Gang was robbed of their legacy, their money, and their name. Under the scandalous reign of the Robinson family—the original managers and founders of Sugarhill Records—both Wonder Mike and Master Gee lost it all when the Robinsons secretly trademarked their names and music and began performing as a pseudo-Sugarhill Gang. Spiraling into drugs, poverty, and depression, both rap artists left the biz for years. But here they are back with a vengeance, determined to reclaim their place in hip-hop history and sounding better than ever. – M.M.

CIFF36 Screenings

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:40 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Standing Up Competition
Pan-African Images
Music! Movies!

Roger Paradiso

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Roger Paradiso is an American writer, director, and producer with a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Design and Playwriting from Rutgers University. He has written and directed a number of plays and short films, including his award-winning short "Looping" (1991).

Select Filmography
"Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" (2004), I WANT MY NAME BACK (2011)

Print Source

Game 7 Films
Joshua Green


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