Before We Were Kings (Friday, August 3)
A look at the link between DJs and Music Therapy. Music therapists use music as a “healing” modality in order to help people mentally and/or physically. This film hopes to start the conversation that music can be used as a form of “medicine” instead of certain psychotropic drugs. Audiences will also hear from notable DJs about how music has acted as a form of therapy for them as well.
Run time: 51m
Underground Chinese Hip Hop (Friday, August 10)
Underground Chinese Hip-Hop is an insider documentary following the story of Weber, one of Mainland China's first rappers. Weber's uncanny musical talents allow him to spearhead the creation of Chinese rap music -- a free form of creative self-expression that spreads like wildfire amongst those struggling the most, young working class students and grassroots migrants left out of the country's meteoric rise. Even while Weber's music electrifies China's youth and gains a huge following, he is challenged by enemies posing a threat to his musical existence: state censors, on the one hand, and armies of state-backed pop stars seeking to steal the name of hip-hop for their own gain, on the other. Can Weber and underground musicians like him survive this assault? Will underground Chinese hip-hop survive?
Run time: 43m
Living the Blues (Friday, August 17)
Living the Blues explores the frustration, tragedy, and humor of inner city youth in pursuit of their dreams. The music helps them to weather the poverty and violence. Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Swing -- they all come out of the blues. And people love this music because it can make you happy even when you're not. If you want to play the blues, you've got to pay your dues.
Run time: 1h 18m
Passage to Panama: A Musical Journey (Friday, August 24)
Passage to Panama: a Musical Journey is based on the 500 years of Panamanian popular and dance music and other musical trends that impacted isthmian music creating a series of fusions. Jazz from New Orleans, Afro-Cuban music, Calypso from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as regional dances from France and other European countries and the basic African flavor through drums and chants, are presented in the ninety minute documentary.
Run time: 1h 30m
The Harder They Come (Friday, August 31)
With dreams of becoming a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds corruption from his record producers and the drug pushers they're connected to. Rather than fail his dreams, Ivan lets nothing stand in his way, not even the law.
Run time: 1h 42m
Friday, August 31 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Waverly Branch, Meeting Room, ADA Accessible via Barclay Street
400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218