Customer Review

1 of 2 people found this review useful

starstarstarhalf a starThe Real Underground

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.

Was this review useful to you?       Login to RATE

Login to Post
Estilo Hip Hop

Estilo Hip Hop (DVD) dir by Loira Limbal, Vee Bravo

IndiePix Price: $14.95

In Stock