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Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Byron Hurt / United States / 2007 / 60 ' / English

Credits

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Byron Hurt
Bill Winters, Rico Beard, Byron Hurt, Napoleon Juaniza, Kazz Pinkard & Parrish Smith
Andre Artis
Kerry Hustwit
Caleb Mose
David Pruge
Jay Lavely
Suzi Lee
Byron Hurt & Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Graphic Designer: Katie Marsh/Kounterattack Design

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, 2006 Roxbury Film Festival Official Selection
2006 Melbourne International Film Festival Official Selection
2006 American Black Film Festival Official Selection
2006 San Francisco Black Film Festival Official Selection
2006 Hot Docs International Film Festival Official Selection
2006 Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival Official Selection
2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Official Selection
2006 International Documentary Film Festival (Amsterdam) Official Selection
2006 Sundance Film Festival

Upcoming Screenings

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An in-depth look at manhood, sexism and homophobia in rap music and hip-hop culture.

Synopsis

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Shetfall. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.

 

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