Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cinema Politica film screening

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA are pleased to host our first film screening of the 2010-11 season as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica.

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, will be shown in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor, Centennial Hall) on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with Freestyle IV, a week long festival organized by the UWSA where inner city youth, community members and students are invited to learn and create in a highly structured (and artistically driven) programming environment at The University of Winnipeg.

Directed by Byron Hurt (USA, 2007), Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is an in-depth look at manhood, sexism and homophobia in rap music and hip-hop culture. 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. Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.

Please stay for discussion after the film screening facilitated by Dr. Roewan Crowe of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Co-Director of the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies.

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Our screenings will always be free, but donations to offset costs are welcome.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

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