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Estilo Hip Hop (2009)

Eli Efi , Guerrillero Okulto , Loira Limbal , Vee Bravo  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Eli Efi, Guerrillero Okulto, Magia
  • Directors: Loira Limbal, Vee Bravo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00354UXV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of several artists profiled in Estilo Hip Hop, airing in PBS World s Global Voices series, Guerrillero explains, Rap has become my political weapon of choice. Emerging from what he calls a poor and humble family, he remembers the effects of hopelessness on his own parents. They fought constantly, he says, looking on his own young daughters. Divorced from their mother, he is determined to change his community s longstanding pattern, to help young people to find work and build futures rather than taking out their frustrations on one another. Each of the stories in Estilo Hip Hop combines the personal and political. Eli Efi, in São Paulo, Brazil, first appears on screen as he s flying kites with a group of kids. As they scamper on a hillside, their neighborhood stretches below, drab and depressed. Eli Efi smiles. In communities like these, he says, there are many black people that are ashamed of being black. I got into hip hop because I want freedom. To that end, he founded the collective DMN and then the neighborhood association Abevic; each week, he performs for enthusiastic crowds on streets and in clubs. Urging their response to his call, against racism and for self-respect, Eli Efi promotes critical thinking and collaboration. Similarly, in Havana, Cuba, Magia and her husband Alexi make clear their investment in hip hop as a way to shape awareness. She is especially focused on transforming the role of women in hip hop. While she understands the practical reality she can feel stuck in the kitchen even living within a politically conscious home she fights back by telling her life story in music. In her self-encounter, Magia raps, She took stock of her life, / Saw herself at the center of arguments and scorn / From a mother who mistreated her occasionally. / Her father justified his neglect with his job. Members of the group Obsesión, Magia and Alexis (under the name El Tipo Este) say they promote political values as well as social moral values. Again and again, the artists in Loira Limbal and Virgilio Bravo s sharp, engaging documentary reject personal success (lucrative contracts or individual fame) in favor of broader goals. These goals are not always specific but they are sincere; when DMN had to the chance to sign with Sony, Eli Efi decides against it. Of leaving the group he helped to form, he says, It was the hardest thing I ever did. We had become a family. And yet, he remains determined to work against corporate assimilation; by film s end, he s moved to New York City and started shining shoes to pay rent. I don t live I a fantasy, he says, I live in reality. This is what I have to do in order to not sell out. --Cynthia Fuchs,

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting Look At Hip Hop's International Reach March 4, 2011
By Terry C
Format:Amazon Instant Video
As someone who grew up in NYC, probably in the 2nd generation of hip-hop, right around the time it was entering its 'golden era', I can appreciate the message that this documentary presented. Hip-hop can and does inspire people, all around the world. This documentary focuses on the story of 3 eminently positive individuals who use hip-hop as the basis for their political activism and as a refuge from the harshness of life's realities for the poor and oppressed, who typically are people of color.

Shame that this documentary has only recently been distributed in America, as the source material is almost 10 years old at this point. I found it a bit sad that the Brazilian rapper learned a lot about America through rap, but we conversely know little of Brazilian rap, and little of Brazilian history and culture.
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