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  • Actors: Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, La Niña, Miss Prissy
  • Directors: David LaChapelle
  • Producers: David LaChapelle, Anthony Talauega, Barry Peele, Coleen Haynes, Drew Carolan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARFPOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,470 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rize" on IMDb

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Rize is an intimate, completely fresh portrayal of inner city youth who have created art - and often family - where there was none before. Surrounded by drug addiction, gang, and impoverishment, they have developed a completely unique style of dance that

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I love showing this movie to friends.
Mary Christen Fairbanks
This movie is worth seeing and then after you see it you will want to put this brillant film in your movie collection!!!!!!!
sexylove
I feel for those who can only use violence as a way to respond to what we have endured and still endure in this country.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Malloy on July 11, 2005
This movie may be about the urban phenomenon of krump and clown dancing but it is truly about so much more. The opening scene is old footage of the Watts riots and this theme of the cultural and social background of the kids that participate in this new art form is the thread that holds this movie together. Lachapelle is an amazing photographer and he brings his keen eye to the screen. This is a visually stunning movie without a doubt. But he brings his sensitivity to the social issues as well. He lets the kids and the community speak for themselves. It is often sad enough to get you crying but never despairing. There is such passion and self-awareness in these kids and in their dancing. The movements alone can elicit tears, and awe. There is a disclaimer at the start of the film stating the film was not sped up at any point. It is an important thing to state because you cannot believe how these dancers move themselves. Kids as young as 4 and 5, people in all shapes and sizes, all expressing their passion, anger, love, pain, humour with their bodies. Lachapelle makes sure to make all the links for you, from revival gospel links to African ritual dance, as well as the urgency this new subculture has driving it. It is plainly stated that these clown and krump crews have taken the place of gangs for many of the people involved and turned into non-violent gangs of their own. But it is also understood by the audience, the director and the people themselves that what they are now embracing has none of the violence or destructiveness that the gang life held for them. This is a changing movie, capable of true connection to any audience member.Read more ›
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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fung on February 17, 2006
Format: DVD
OK, much as my brother Jeffrey Mingo deserves props for his reviewing skills, I have to disagree with some of the praise heaped upon RIZE.

Now, don't get me wrong. The parts of the video that concentrated on the dancers were great. I particularly liked the way that Dragon, Lil C, Miss Prissy and Tommy the Klown got a bit of screen time to tell PARTS OF their stories.

The dancing itself was great too. No, make that totally awe-inspiring. I have no problem with that either.

My problems come from looking at the way David La Chapelle treated his young black subjects.

Too often, we applaud ANY representations of black youth that are in ANY way positive. But the problem here is that La Chapelle repeats a common trope among white middle class culture vultures (and I use that word deliberately): he reduces young urban working class "minority" kids to spectacle and surface.

The only person in the film able to break through that framing was Marquisa Gardner (Miss Prissy) who was able to convey a much more nuanced picture of some of the challenges and glories of her life despite La Chapelle's trite underlining of the "life in the ghetto is hell" motif. Ms Gardner's humanity shines through because of her personal charisma and talent at talking to the camera, rather than any empathy or delicacy on La Chapelle's part.

La Chapelle also repeats the old saw that the "cool" way to succeed is to be part of the entertainment industry. This is perhaps a highly-visible attitude amongst youngsters but it's a totally wasted opportunity to showcase a way of using dance as a way to rize in a more than simply metaphorical sense.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sexylove on November 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Rize is a wonderful great movie that is worth checking out and i like that it talks about the black youth of LA!!!!!!! When you see this movie you will feel the energy of it and you will also feel the passion too!!!!!!! It has its touching moments with each person and what they have experienced in their lives and i love the dancing and i also love that these people take this dance and use it for angry instead of using a gun or a fist!!!!!!! This movie is worth seeing and then after you see it you will want to put this brillant film in your movie collection!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TRCK on November 4, 2005
Format: DVD
I see this movie as a renewal of community by a younger generation who, in many instances, have been abandoned by their elders. Krumping is not pretty, really, and it's sexually suggestive, most "good christians" would not approve of some of the dancing, but ironically these kids are reinforcing a sense of morality and purpose among themselves. They shun the destructiveness of gang life and gang violence. Instead, they are creating. One dancer insisted, "this is not a trend". LaChappelle was right to include footage of African tribal dancing, which is, all at the same time, a form of religious worship, showing off and community building. These kids are wise (OK, "wize") and compelling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2005
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This was one of the best responses to the oppression that African-Americans feel in this country, that I have ever seen. I was blown away by the energy and the dedication to this expression. It made me see gang-bangin', killin', drug dealin' and abuse that goes on in the inner-cities totally different. I see them now as an expression and a reaction to that oppression. Not just crazy, senseless activity. I feel for those who can only use violence as a way to respond to what we have endured and still endure in this country. And I applaud and marvel at those who are able to dance their way out of it. I am thankful for this movie and the opportunity it has given me to see people differently.
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