When: Winter 2019


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Breakdancer Bri Pritchard, aka B-Girl SnapOne in her downtown Anchorage studio. Photo by Jeffrey A. Cunningham.

What draws people of the north and indigenous cultures to hip-hop is self-expression. Being and showing who we are.

Forty years after hip-hop was born in the South Bronx, it's being re-imagined in fresh ways by young Indigenous artists of the North— from Athabascan villages in Alaska, to the capital city of Greenland, to reindeer-herding towns of northern Finland. WE UP, a documentary produced by the Anchorage Museum, profiles the rising stars of Circumpolar Indigenous hip-hop, exploring shared themes in their work, like decolonization, language revitalization, community, and spiritual connections to homeland. The film also documents the Circumpolar Hip-Hop Collab, a groundbreaking mainstage performance at the 2018 Riddu, Riddu Indigenous peoples' festival in Olmmáivággi, Norway.


Read the story behind WE UP in this blog entry.

Read more about arctic hip-hop stars here on the blog.


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Film Premiere: We Up

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

The documentary We Up, produced by the Anchorage Museum, focuses on the ways that hip-hop culture, which originated in the Bronx 40 years ago, is being interpreted, embraced and performed by indigenous artists in Arctic nations. The film looks at ways in which traditional storytelling forms are re-imagined as raps, how traditional dance moves are incorporated into breakdancing routines, how traditional drum beats are being mixed into the never-ending dance music at live parties by indigenous hip-hop DJs, and how traditional imagery makes its way into graffiti art. Tickets $10, included in AIFF Festival Pass. Hosted by BearTooth TheatrePub, in collaboration with Anchorage International Film Festival.

Film Premiere: We Up