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This film documents what happens when amongst poverty, drugs and gang violence, heroic inspirational personalities, such as Tommy the Clown, transform and help guide the lives of kids whose previous life choices consisted of either joining the Crips or the Bloods - the notorious gangs of California. Tommy, along with his fellow Clowns go on to invent new forms of competitive dance and in more than a few cases a new religious faith.
Krumping and Stripper dancing have gone on to enter the mainstream commercial music scene, with artist's like Madonna embracing gritty street dancing styles. The film also cleverly documents the link between African tribal traditions and the Clowns face paint and movements.
Above all, LaChapelle creates a visual energetic miracle, that will have you watching in awe.
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.
This documentary is well worth the watch, moving and powerful you really feel the director engaged and developed relationships with the people involved in film.
There were a lot of people profiled in this movie, but never into great detail. They also draw comparisons in the style of dancing and haphazardly layer them with footage from African tribes. That aspect is fascinating, but the viewer doesn't get much more than a teased with where it all came from. The filmmakers obviously know how to make actors look really good, but A lot more thought should have been put into the overall structuring of the film. There are a few scenes which are obviously, and painfully, staged. And the whole structure at times seems rather random, rhythmic, and slow. LaChapelle does has a lot to learn about narrative and treating sensitive topics with decency, not stereotypes.
LaChapelle luckily picked a great topic for his first film and hopefully not his last. The originality of this movie was great and the creativity was impressive. Miss Prissy really stood out on this movie as well as the other dancers which make this movie worth checking out.
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A fantastic documentary from David Lachappelle about dance moves named Krumping. Insightful and interestingPublished 7 months ago by mt b r thompson
As a person that grew up with hip hop in the 80's I was intrigued...LA kids have very little on offer to them so they make stuff up themsleves for fun and escape... Read morePublished on 6 April 2009 by Mr. Michael Brown