...like the dances that it portrays! This fantastic documentary is a must-see, if you are a dance fan or not.
The director has constructed the film like a musical, with issues like oppression, self-expression, family grief explored and build to a musical dance numbers. It is the most respectful and appreciative documentary I've ever seen about black teenagers from poor areas of affluent West and their struggle to keep their head above negative pressure from all aspects of society. Although the documentary is from LA, USA, I could not help but feel that so many issues are relevant here too. And it is not usual to see young black men so positively portrayed in media!
As one of the 16-year old kids I work with said: "Everyone should see this! Why haven't we seen it before?! They should show it on tv, and not only once. It's... like... so important!"
So, do yourself and those you care about a favour: get Rize. Its meant to be shared and enjoyed and talked about. I, personally, would hate to see this doc just disappear without trace. It has so much to give - validation , values, understanding and awareness - like the young men and women it portrays.