Dance as Response

I’m completely taken with YAK films right now. A friend posted “Turf Dancing in the Rain”:

The rain, the music, and the echoes of gang posturing made the film feel incredibly sad to me. Only after did I notice that the header included “RIP Rich D”

Then I saw this incredible piece:

It’s entitled “RIP 211”.

These young filmmakers are working in East Oakland, an area rife with violence and conflicts with the police. These films are a gorgeous response, “youth-led multimedia production which provides a voice of resistance and an alternative to played-out mainstream media.”


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