School and Rap

Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau) was wonderful and just got an Oscar nod for best foreign language film! I thought that the storyline was well put together, following both the trauma and growth of a Montreal school community after the suicide of a teacher and the Algerian substitute (Mohamed Fellag)’s fight to gain asylum. The latter was neatly integrated and was a good way to flesh out the title character’s history. I was impressed by how thoughtful this film was, delving into how to talk about trauma, the fleeting innocence and developing maturity of children, how to be a teacher, what respect and responsibility mean, and more. It was quite lovely. And I did cry at the end.

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (Ice-T, Andy Baybutt) was an homage to the founders and leaders of rap. It was interesting to learn about the process of composing and what rap means to the numerous MCs interviewed. Overall, though, it was just mediocre (and long.) There was nothing, or very little, about the current state and future of rap. After seeing Filly Brown, I am intrigued by how rap has been adopted and adapted in other cultures, both in America and abroad. This could be an interesting sequel of sorts.

~Nan

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2 thoughts on “School and Rap

  1. Hi Nan
    For Aussie Indigenous rap – check out
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010y30r
    Worth a google search re our Australian metro scene.
    Hip Hop youth doing well on the international competition circuit.

    Am enjoying Sundance. My first vicarious experience. Looking forward to seeing some of the films for myself at our July Melbourne International Film Festival. The Queen of Versailles will surely be a topic of heehee discussion in our local coffee shops.

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