Straight out of Khartoum comes a short film featuring a collection of young men who call themselves Hip Hop Artists, In Search of Hip Hop, directed and shot by Issraa El-Kogali, offers a an inside look at a fresh new wave of creative expression in Sudan. With a recent boom in live performances and visiting DJs and MCs from Europe and the USA the Hip Hop fire is really catching on in the city of two Niles. The film features live performances, spur of the moment freestyling and footage from the first Sudan Boombox live DJ party in spring of 2010.
You don't expect to find hip-hop in Sudan. Everything God prohibited really is banned there. When you do find some, it is, at the very least, touching.
The title is perfect. Sudan's political and religious climate doesn't exactly foster counter-culture. The filmmaker really had to hunt for some and found little, but what she encountered was disarmingly original. Portrait of rappers that have yet to learn how to rap.
directed by Issraa El-Kogali, 2012, Sudan, 11 min
This film was produced by Goethe Institut Sudan.