March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Country: USA, FRANCE
Run Time: 87 minutes
We all know hip-hop has established itself as an iconic, revolutionary subculture of America, giving voice to the persecuted and unheard throughout the past decades. But few know of the global resonance it has achieved across seas, becoming a universal musical language of protest for countless marginalized people. Familiarize yourself with this stimulating phenomenon through THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES, an examination of the various forms of hip-hop music and philosophy discovered over six countries—the United States, France, Germany, Israel, Palestine, and Senegal. Witness the versatility of such an art form and recognize the similar lyrics of oppression from societies that are dealing with the same violence, racism, and political turmoil present in America, most of which is profoundly more extreme than anything found on our streets. Israeli Jews, ostracized French Arabs, East German skinhead punks and West African feminists comprise this fascinating group of zealous rappers, determined to tell their stories through the resounding sensation of hip-hop music. (In English, French, German, Hebrew, Wolof, Spanish, and Arabic with subtitles) – M.M.
Joshua Atesh Litle
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Born in San Francisco, California, Joshua Atesh Litle is a graduate of Sonoma State University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has directed multiple short films, commercials, and music videos, most of which combine his background of music with his love of cinema. His first documentary feature, "Ever Since the World Ended" (2001) won Best Film at the 2003 London Sci-Fi Film Festival, as well as achieving the Audience Award for Best Feature at San Francisco IndieFest.
"Ever Since the World Ended" (2001), THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES (2010)