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Central Library Friday Film Club Celebrates 50 Years of Hip-Hop
Showing Fridays in March at 3:00 PM, ages 13+
Every Friday in March 2023
Dweck Auditorium, Lower Level


Style Wars | Directed by Henry Chalfant
March 3, 2023
In STYLE WARS, New York's ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As MC's, DJ's and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.
Language: English| Runtime: 69 minutes
All the Streets Are Silent… (1987-1997)| Directed by Jeremy Elkin
March 10, 2023
In the late '80s and early '90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip-hop. Paris Is Burning meets Larry Clark's KIDS; this is a love letter to New York, examining race, society, fashion, and street culture.
Language: English| Runtime: 89 minutes
Krush Groove | Directed by Michael Schultz
March 17, 2023
Krush Groove is loosely based upon the story of Def Jam Records. It features Blair Underwood as Russell Simmons the founder of Def Jam. His co-founder is Rick Rubin playing himself. Features performances from legendary rap acts such as RunDMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and the Fat Boys.
Language: English| Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Beats, rhymes & life : the travels of A Tribe Called Quest | Directed by Michael Rapport
March 24, 2023
Michael Rapaport goes on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunite to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album.
Language: English| Runtime: 97 minutes
Beat Street | Directed by Stan Lathan
March 31, 2023
Widely considered the most influential hip-hop movie of all time, uniting the four elements of hip-hop, breakdancing, DJ-ing, MC-ing and graffiti into an unforgettable experience.
Language: English | Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes

BPL’s Hip Hop 50 programming has been generously supported by the Queens Public Library and a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Studies

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