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YOUNG REBELS: REVOLUTION IN RHYME (90')
GENRE: MUSIC/ CULTURE
DIRECTED BY RYAN FLECK/ ANNA BODEN



When hip-hop takes to Havana, Cuban artists? spirited beats and rhymes are just as much a product of the troubled economy as of their insatiable revolutionary spirit. The film intimately engages five hip-hop groups and two producers as they negotiate the Havana summer. With Havana?s 9th Annual National Hip-Hop Festival approaching, invited performers prepare, battling economic hardship, unsympathetic mothers, and the threat of government censorship. Everyone must decide where they stand, from established groups seeking institutional support to fledgling cooperatives establishing alternative circuits, with allegiances ranging from commercial to feminist vegan.

With unheard of access to some of Cuba?s best musicians, this documentary witnesses the future of Cuban hip-hop in the making and a look at Cuba through the eyes of its youth. Official selection New Directors/New Films 2005.

Director Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are the filmmakers behind THINKFILM's critically acclaimed feature film HALF NELSON starring Ryan Gosling.

"Young Rebels" is essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba."

-Dana Stevens, NY Times Aug. '05