Cidade De Deus

City of God the book written by Paulo Lins was adapted and turned into a harrowing tale about the harsh realities of childhood and crime in Rio De Janeiro. The Director Fernando Ferreira Meirelles grew up in a middle class family and studied Architecture in Sao Paulo, so he couldn’t be further removed from the gritty reality depicted in this overwhelming crime drama, thats why he brought in  Katia Lund to assist as co-director. The choice to use mostly  unknown actors added to the realism of slum life and brought  spontaneity to the film. Improvisation, and strong emotional connection was important to portraying the definitive and often brutal choices characters were supposed to make. The film wasn’t shot in the real city of God because it was too dangerous due to the ongoing drug war.  It’s a movie about hope, passion, violence and consequences, told in Scorsese-esque style and one which will stay with you for a long time after watching.

The problem with Hip Hop #1

 

Musicians make a large proportion of their money through live shows and appearances. One of the problems I have with hip hop is that on too many occasions these shows end up in violence, often with dead or wounded fans.  Hip hop and violence have a symbiotic relationship which isn’t as apparent in other cultures of music, so when this spills from just being a dark expressive art form into actual bullets piercing the skulls of teenagers we need to ask ourselves if this a case of life imitating art or vice versa. Either way, the end result is tragedy and dispersed despair.

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Leadbelly

Leadbelly was the name Huddie Ledbetter received in prison after he was found guilty of murder in 1917. Texas governor Pat Neff pardoned Huddie only a few years into the twenty year sentence after he sang a song for him. Five years later Lead Belly was involved in a stabbing incident which led to ‘assault with murder’ charges and subsequently another prison sentence. Built like a bull Continue reading Leadbelly

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