There will be a Latin American Film Festival in London this November.
Some of the films deal with social issues, but one that has relevancy to the action sports industry is hip hop. Below are some the one's that may be interesting to check out if the opportunity arises.
Ashes of God (As Cinzas de Deus)
Dir. Andre Semenza, Brazil, 2004, 73 mins, Colour
The first Brazilian dance-based feature film with award-winning performers and a haunting soundtrack mixed by DJ Kid Loco. A visual poem set in a world of harsh realities. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the film merges the languages of dance and cinema. Directed by Andre Semenza and choreographed by Fernanda Lippi, “Las Cinzas de Deus” has forged a new space for dance film.
La Fabri-K/ The Cuban Hip Hop Factory
Dir. Lisandro Perez Rey, Cuba, 2005, 65 mins, Colour
As part of the Miami Light Project (a cultural forum created to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society), Lisandro Perez-Rey’s documentary follows the Cuban hip-hop collective: La Fabri-K. The film follows them from their inception in Havana to their tour of the U.S, climaxing in the show at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem where the group perform alongside hip-hop heavyweights The Roots. Their emotional journey into the heart of hip-hop performance offers a personal insight into their infectious music and their struggle to be heard, in a film that features legendary personalities such as Grand Master Flash.
Dir. Antonio Jose Guzman, Netherlands, 2005, 50 mins, Colour & B/W
A poetic journey into Latin American Hip-Hop. In the last decade the Hip Hop scene in Cuba has grown spectacularly, now there are over 500 bands in the Caribbean Island.
These groups are mainly formed by Afro Cubans from the capital Havana. The Cuban government initially censured rap music but with its growing importance felt obligated to approve it.
A lot of the lyrics describe the discrimination that the Afro Cuban community faces, the difficult economic situation, the police brutality, the 40 years U.S. embargo, and the history of the African Diaspora.
Cuban Hip hop has been of enormous importance for Cuba and the Latin America music scene. Its impact on other parts of the world will surly increase over the next few years.
Short Radiography of Hip-Hop in Cuba
Dir. Ricardo Bacallao, Cuba, 2005, 20 mins, Colour
Fascinating mini documentary on the Hip Hop scene in Cuba. Using improvised skits and an intriguing back story, it traces the evolution the music has undergone in the last few years. An exhilarating look at the music community fighting back.