After years of work-in-progress status, the archival global hip hop documentary Hip Hop: The New World Order announces its worldwide release. This groundbreaking film explores the global impact of hip hop music and culture highlighting eight international cities: Tokyo, Havana, London, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg and has mushroomed into a rare archive and video survey of pioneering artists and communities at the turn of the 21st century. Filmed between 1998 – 2000, the documentary features intimate and rare interviews with an unprecedented list of international pioneers / all-stars including:
Oxmo Puccino (France)
Roots Manuva (UK)
Method Man (Wu-Tang)
Dead Prez (US)
DJ Muro (Japan) (pictured above w/ Twigy Al-Salaam)
Questlove (The Roots)
MC Jean Gab'1 (France)
Blak Twang (UK)
Marcelo D2 (Brazil)
MC Marechal (Brazil)
"I'm thrilled that the technology now exists to allow accessibility to the international artists and communities that are featured in the film. When I began this project over 12 years ago, the distribution platforms for independent filmmakers were very limited. Platforms such as iTunes, Youtube and Netflix were non-existent", says the Brooklyn-based director and brand strategist, Muhammida El Muhajir.
After a historic promotional screening tour in Europe (London, Paris, Berlin, University of Oxford) the film heads to Africa this month (Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg).
The film is available now. Online for rent $4.99 (digital streaming) or downnload to oown $19.99 (DVD or digital download) from http://www.hiphopisglobal.com.
The film is also available for schools, libraries and other groups at the institution / organisational rate and has already been incorporated into courses at Harvard, The New School and The University of Sheffield (UK) as a work-in-progress.
"I'm thrilled to finally release Hip Hop: The New World Order and have the opportunity through the partnership with Trace TV, to expose this important documentation of international hip hop history with artists and communities around the world", says director, Muhammida El Muhajir.
Format: Online and DVD
Running Time: 70 min
Produced and Directed by: Muhammida El Muhajir