Last poets (The) / Made in Amerikkka

  • Last poets (The) / Made in Amerikkka
© La Huit, 2008
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2008
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

The independent & unmistakable voice of the Black Power Era meet the grandfathers of rap, hip hop, slam, spoken word... A moving and unthinkable reunion of the fouding members, political, musical, trans-generational... tastefully & respectfully directed... witness the legacy, wisdom and undying commitment of the Last Poets !

Harlem 1968, a group of young poets get together and found THE LAST POETS. With jazz or funk as backdrop, percussions rolling and words shooting out like bursts of machine-gun fire, the group denounces the oppression of African-Americans, while painting a devastating yet humorous picture of life in the ghetto. Nearly forty years after their separation, the members of this legendary group - the founding fathers of today's hip hop, rap and slam - come together in Paris for a one-time concert at the 2008 Banlieues Bleues Festival.

From the intimacy of their Parisian rehearsal room, they evoke the past : the birth of the collective, the years of political unrest, their high-risk creative madness. The musicians accompanying the poets for this concert/gathering are veritable legends of "Great Black Music" : Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III and Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman.

"THE LAST POETS / made in Amerikkka" is a film that erases the boundaries between different genres. It's a live recording, a musical documentary and an art film, all combined into one, and yet it goes beyond any of these. it is a film event, faithful of the spirit and the image of "The Last Poets".

A Film by Claude SANTIAGO

Duration: 52 min

Abiodun Oyewole, Dahveed Nelson, Felipe Luciano, Jalal Mansur Nuridin, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III, Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman

Production: La Huit
Co-production: Banlieues Bleues, 3D Family

Format: NTSC
Type: DVD (prix : 16.00€)
Language: French, English


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