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Friday, December 09, 2005

Rize up


Rize is the new film by artist David LaChapelle. It tells the story of young men and women in the poor, black areas of LA, struggling to avoid crime and drugs and find another way through life. Some of them become "clowns" and utilise African-influenced dance rhythms.

It's a beautifully moving piece of work, both uplifting and inspiring. It proves, once again, that a form of apartheid exists in the US - not unlike in Australia between white and our indigenous population - but white people barely feature in the film. In fact, "clowning" is pretty much all that saves many of the characters from the gang lifestyle.

Rize is social history and music video and LaChapelle's eye is, as ever, unique.

6 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Yeah, life sure is tough when you can't spell (just as MagRO)...Rize?

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:56:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Ah Shab, a man of the world. Again.
Better stick to that white music, homeboy.

Friday, December 09, 2005 11:01:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Hey, ask any successful (non-hip hop mogul) black American - and there are millions, despite your cheap apartheid crack - how he or she made it, and they won't say by adopting a cultural stereotype that values bad spelling (amongst other virtues).

Read the works of John McWhorter for more on this.

Friday, December 09, 2005 11:15:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

antony

We see you are taking another turn on your racist european "noble savage" shtick again.

Friday, December 09, 2005 4:42:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Huh?

Friday, December 09, 2005 6:31:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

It's secret code Dirt.

Saturday, December 10, 2005 3:10:00 am  

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