With director Charlie Ahearn.
Directed by Charlie Ahearn
Cinematography by Charlie Ahearn
Editing by Charlie Ahearn
Music by Cresh Fraze
Cast: Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Garcia, Aaron Goodstone, KRS-One
Running time: 81 minutes
For over thirty years, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz has documented New York street life, most famously in his legendary images of the early hip hop scene, collected in his book Back in the Days. Of Shabazz, Nicolas Rapold of the New York Times noted, “anybody who doesn’t appreciate the spirit captured in Jamel Shabazz’s photographs doesn’t get New York.”
Director Charlie Ahearn’s lively documentary gives voice and context to the evocative images created by Shabazz. The film traces his life from his army service days and his time as a corrections officer to his work as a groundbreaking photographer, capturing the pioneers of a revolutionary music and style. With interviews from Shabazz himself, hip hop historian Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One, and more, the film is a vibrant portrait of the origins of the worldwide phenomenon known as Hip Hop.
Charlie Ahearn’s first film, Wild Style, was released in 1983. After directing Fear of Fiction and multiple documentaries, Ahearn co-authored the book Yes Yes Y’all. Released in 2002, the book is an oral history of the first decade of hip hop. Currently, Ahearn produces documentaries and resides in New York City.
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