KBOO Presents: Shake The Dust/ with Mic Crenshaw and New Birth Crew
Sat, May 23, 7:00 pm and Sun, May 24, 7:00 pm
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., PDX
Before the film both nights! : outstanding Hip Hop artist Mic Crenshaw will speak on Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan and perform some songs...And New Birth Crew, One of PDX hottest b boy crews, with members from around the world, will perform!!
Can breakdancing save the world? From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, who also provides original music for the film, we are treated to a fascinating look at how hip-hop is striking a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and is inspiring young people to enact social change.
Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, started on the streets of The Bronx, but its reach is now worldwide. Today, “b-boys” and a growing number of “b-girls” hone their gravity-defying breaking techniques in virtually every country on the planet. SHAKE THE DUST, by journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, chronicles the far-reaching influence of breakdancing.
Shot in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda and Yemen, the film shows that while each culture adopts and adapts hip-hop music, blending it with their own traditions, the breakdancing moves act as a universal language. Moving smoothly between breakdance crews in the poorest urban neighborhoods of these countries, Sjöberg weaves together the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across three continents, revealing how breakdancing today acts as a positive force for social change.
Older generations are passing along their moves and showing kids, most of whom are orphans, that the “family” of hip-hop can be an alternative to street gangs and drug addiction. With a soundtrack of globe-spanning hip-hop samples and some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, SHAKE THE DUST is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.
Prefilm: In support of this important film and in solidarity with Hip Hop heads everywhere, Mic Crenshaw will share a report on his international travels with the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan (hiphopcaravan.net) in 2013 and 2014 to 5 cities in 4 countries forging ties and contributing to a global Hip Hop movement. Mic will perform a short set inspired by his travels. Crenshaw is currently organizing for the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan 1015 which will include Portland emcee Rasheed Jamal.