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Estilo Hip Hop
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Loira Limbal, Vee Bravo


Estilo Hip Hop chronicles the lives of Eli Efi, Guerrillero Okulto, and Magia; three hip hop activists from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world. As we delve into their lives, we learn of three inspirational leaders responsible for mobilizing young people to become politically active. However, the personal issues affecting the three protagonists prove to be as overwhelming as the challenges posed by their political work. As the stakes assume a greater risk, Eli Efi, Guerrillero, and Magia make life-altering decisions that ultimately impact the course of their lives and that of the hip hop movement.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 57 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2009

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States, Cuba, Brazil, Chile

LANGUAGE - English, Portuguese

SUBTITLES - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Color

Director

Loira Limbal

Director

Vee Bravo

Director of Photography

Kira Kelly

Director of Photography

Mike Vargas

Editor

Tat Ho Yee

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written by dmt5 on Jun 22nd, 2010read all my reviews

this review is from: Estilo Hip Hop (DVD)

The Latin American hip-hop scene is one that is not often explored in any medium, let alone film. The exposure that hip-hop does get in mainstream film is normally limited to the usual suspects, like 2Pac or Biggie or Eminem. So the fact that Estilo Hip Hop actually goes into a good deal of depth about such a unique facet of the genre is refreshing, as is the overall scope of the film itself. The 57 minute documentary includes a good deal of info for those who may be unfamiliar with hip-hop's cultural role as a tool for political and social activism, which is a facet of the genre that seems to have been all but forgotten in recent years. The three subjects that are covered here - Eli Efi of Brazil, Guerrillero Okulto of Chile and Magia of Cuba - are all interesting in their own way, as each one tries to reclaim hip-hop in the name of their people.

The film seems somewhat brief - admittedly, it did debut as a special on PBS, but an additional 10-15 minutes would almost certainly have been to Estilo's benefit and allowed the filmmakers to explore the topic in a bit more depth. Estilo Hip hop is recommended for those who would like at the hip-hop genre through a different cultural lens, or even for those who simply want to see that the genre can represent something more than mindless materialism.

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