Friday, August 19, 2011

I RECOMMEND: Rubble Kings (a documentary film by Shan Nicholson)

I just saw this excellent documentary about NYC gangs in the 60s and 70s at the NYC Latino Film Festival. Dope archival footage and live interviews made this amazing story come alive and show a side of NY that people who lived that era talk about with a mix of pride and painful memories. A beautiful work in oral history about a major social and cultural force that eventually gave birth to hip-hop and its global cultural impact. Street art and so much of music today wouldn't exist without the struggles and creative force of these guys back in the 60s & 70s. I highly recommend it.

From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.

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