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Joshua Asen & Jennifer Needleman
Producer: Rizz Productions, Inc.
80 minutes
English subtitles
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I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

This feature-length documentary follows the creation of Morocco's first-ever Hip-Hop festival, from inception all the way to the stage. Along the way we meet DJ Key, a self-taught turntable prodigy who is torn between his love for Hip-Hop and his
devotion to Islam; H-Kayne, a pioneer rap group on the verge of stardom; and Fati, a high school girl who's trying to make it as a female rapper in an Arab man's world. This film reflects the thoughts and dreams of the true future of the Arab world through the window of innovative and energizing music.

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This DVD documents the story of the I Love Hip Hop in Morocco festival and how it began. A group of Moroccan hip hop artists wished to present a professional concert in their hometown, but met with resistance from their society and scarce financial resources. They appealed to the American Embassy, and were able to acquire the necessary funds to put on the concert. This film interviews many of the Arab participants in the festival for their views on music, life, America, Islam, and the world. Some of the cast of performers include: FatiShow, Mot de Passe, Brownfingaz, MC Bigg, Friaire, h. Kayne, and DJ Key. An interesting and exciting film that shows a different side of how Arab youth think and live. "
- Brad Eden, UC Santa Barbara, Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)

"This film documents the making of Morocco's first hip hop festival, following young artists, their families, and some producers in multiple public and private venues. Exploring Morocco's burgeoning hip hop scene, it raises questions about religious/racial identity, traveling aesthetics, and artistic innovation. Useful for college courses in anthropology of the Middle East, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, ethnic studies, Middle East/ North Africa Studies, as well as general audiences."
- Oyku Potuoglu-Cook, Anthropology Review Database

  • Best Documentary, Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival
  • Jury Award, Thin Line Film Festival, Texas
  • Best International Documentary, Harlem International Film Fest, New York

  • Screenings
  • Hip Hop Odyssey Film Festival, NYC
  • Rhode Island Film Festival
  • Tucson Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Arts Council 9/11 Memorial Film Series
  • International Black Filmmakers Festival, London
  • International Black Docufest, Atlanta
  • Africa World Doc Fest, St. Louis
  • Festival de Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
  • Heard Museum Film Festival, Phoenix
  • Rhythm of the Line Film Festival, Berlin
  • Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi
  • Arab Film Fest, San Francisco & Los Angeles
  • Queens International Film Festival, NYC
  • Casablanca Film Festival, Morocco
  • Oslo International Film Festival, Norway
  • Black Soil Festival, Amsterdam
  • IDFA Docs for Sale, Amsterdam
  • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen
  • Anchorage Film Festival
  • Oxford Film Festival, Mississippi
  • Big Sky Film Fest
  • n African Film Festival
  • NY Arab & South Asian Festival
  • AFIA Film Festival, Copenhagen
  • Jecheon Festival, Korea
  • Afrique Taille XXL Festival, Brussels
  • Cultura Urbana Festival, Madrid
  • Queens Museum of Art, NYC
  • IO Isabella Festival, Italy
  • Unerhoert Festival, Hamburg
  • Strasbourg International Film Festival, France
  • Minneapolis Arab Film Festival
  • Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands
  • Urban TV/Film Festival, Madrid
  • Cinema MediterrannĂ©e, Brussels
  • Middle East Studies Association Film Festival, Washington, DC 2008

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    Joshua Asen & Jennifer Needleman
    Producer: Rizz Productions, Inc.
    80 minutes
    English subtitles

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