The Last Poets / Made in Amerikkka
A film by Claude Santiago
The independent & unmistakable voice of the Black Power Era meet the grandfathers of rap, hip hop, slam, spoken word... A moving and unthinkable reunion of the fouding members, political, musical, trans-generational... tastefully & respectfully directed... witness the legacy, wisdom and undying commitment of the Last Poets !
Harlem 1968, a group of young poets get together and found THE LAST POETS. With jazz or funk as backdrop, percussions rolling and words shooting out like bursts of machine-gun fire, the group denounces the oppression of African-Americans, while painting a devastating yet humorous picture of life in the ghetto. Nearly forty years after their separation, the members of this legendary group - the founding fathers of today's hip hop, rap and slam - come together in Paris for a one-time concert at the 2008 Banlieues Bleues Festival.
From the intimacy of their Parisian rehearsal room, they evoke the past : the birth of the collective, the years of political unrest, their high-risk creative madness. The musicians accompanying the poets for this concert/gathering are veritable legends of "Great Black Music" : Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III and Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman.
"THE LAST POETS / made in Amerikkka" is a film that erases the boundaries between different genres. It's a live recording, a musical documentary and an art film, all combined into one, and yet it goes beyond any of these. it is a film event, faithful of the spirit and the image of "The Last Poets".
Abiodun Oyewole, Dahveed Nelson, Felipe Luciano, Jalal Mansur Nuridin, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III, Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman
Co-production Banlieues Bleues, 3D Family
Langues Français, English