Arctic Film Festival: "WE UP - Hip Hop and the Arctic"
7 p.m. Friday, April 27auditorium
Open to NxN registrants, AFF pass holders, and public with museum admission
Runtime: 25 min. Pre-production screening followed by curated conversation. Directed by David Holthouse, U.S., 2018. Languages: English, Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi, Iñupiaq.
Pre-production screening of Anchorage Museum film project. Forty years after hip-hop culture was born in the South Bronx district of New York City, its foundational creative forms, or “four elements,” are taking on new life with indigenous artists of the Circumpolar North. These rappers, breakdancers, graffiti artists and turntablists (DJs) hail from places throughout Arctic nations, from reindeer herding villages in northern Finland and Norway, to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, to communities large and small in Northern Canada and Alaska. Though separated by long distances, they are unified by common elements and recurring themes: connections to ancestral land, defense of hunting and fishing rights, loss of language, climate change and the continuing aftermath of colonization. By grafting indigenous languages, rhythms, movements and storytelling traditions onto styles designed for reinvention, these indigenous artists are putting their own spin on the radical self-expression, celebration of home and keen social commentary that hip-hop represents.
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