FILM SERIES – HIP HOP IN THE DFF

In cooperation with the SCHIRN, the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V. is presenting a three-month film series to accompany the exhibition THE CULTURE, which highlights the influence of hip hop in all its facets: from documentaries about early hip hop culture, to the use of music as an accompanying soundtrack and film biopics up to acting attempts by some rappers.

DFF-Kino © Uwe Dettmar
WILD STYLE, movie poster

STYLE WARS

TUE, MARCH 26, 6 PM

The film shows how the up-and-coming New York hip hop and graffiti scene gained popularity in the 1970s and at the same time fought for recognition as a genuine art form and a means of self-expression. STYLE WARS is a time capsule that captures this special moment of self-discovery of a young culture and its artistic spirit with intimate insights and makes it relivable for future generations.

1983, documentary, 69 min, in English (US)

BEAT STREET, film still

WILD STYLE

SAT, March 2, 8.30 PM + THU, March 7, & pm

WILD STYLE, generally regarded as the first hip hop film, is about Zoro, a young graffiti artist who causes a sensation in uptown New York and is asked to design the stage set for an upcoming rap concert. As the hype surrounding his work grows, he comes to the attention of reporter Virginia, who is researching early hip hop culture. Peppered with guest appearances by early New York hip hop stars such as Grandmaster Flash, Fab 5 Freddy and The Cold Crush Brothers, the film captures the hip hop scene in its formative phase.

1982, 82 min, in English (US)

STYLE WARS, movie poster

BEAT STREET

SAT, MARCH 23, 4 PM + THU, MARCH 28, 8.30 PM

Growing up in the socially troubled South Bronx, four friends cherish the dream of giving their lives meaning and making it big with their art. Driven by their passion for hip hop, break dancing and graffiti, the men try everything in their power to prove their skills. Sensitive, realistic, but always hopeful, BEAT STREET offers a unique insight into the socio-economic reality of those New York problem neighborhoods where hip hop was born.

1984, 106 min, in English (US)

MORE TO COME!

THE FILM PROGRAM IN APRIL

FRI, APRIL 5, 6 PM and SUN, APRIL 7, 8.30 PM
DO THE RIGHT THING, 1989, Spike Lee

WED, APRIL 10, 8.30 PM and FRI, APRIL 12, 6 PM
JUICE, 1992, Ernest R. Dickerson

TUE, APRIL 23, 8.30 PM and FRI, APRIL 26, 6 PM
SET IT OFF, 1996, F. Gary Gary

THE FILM PROGRAM IN MAY

FRI, MAY 3, 6 PM and WED, MAY 8, 8.30 PM
8 MILE, 2022, Curtis Hanson

SAT, MAY 11, 5.30 PM and WED, MAY 15, 8 PM
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, 2015, F. Gary Gary

WED, MAY 22, 8.30 PM
MARTHA & NIKI, 2010, Troa Mårtens

FRI, MAY 24, 6 PM

HUSTLE & FLOW, 2005, Craig Brewer