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Beyond typical music video images of girls, guns, and gold, ALIAS follows aspiring rappers trying to escape the gangster life. An in-depth look into the world of street hip-hop and the hustle known as the rap-trap.
In recent years, controversy surrounding rap music has been at the forefront of North American media. From the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that shadowed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., to the demonization of the music in the wake of a string of shootings at Toronto recording studios, it seems that political and media groups have been quick to place blame on rap for a seeming trend in youth violence. However, just as rap music is vilified, there is no denying that it has become the main form of expression signifying the voice of a growing Canadian underclass. Raw and uncompromising, ALIAS illuminates a side of urban Canada rarely seen before.
Toronto Film Festival Programmer, Jesse Wente, recently described contemporary Canadian cinema as experiencing an “Indigenous New Wave”. This new wave marks an explosion in work about Aboriginal issues – such as re-examinations of how traditional customs are portrayed and misportrayed by the media – created by First Peoples around the world. Current KIAC artist in residence, Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, Michelle Latimer, will examine how traditional storytelling has shaped her own practice and how the contemporary form is facilitating new expressions of reclamation and identity.
A dazzling feature-length film by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Kelly Saxberg, about the journey of Big Blue, a radically designed 38-foot rowboat, from Morocco to Barbados.
It was to be an expedition like no other—a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails or motor. The boat’s crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a pair of triathletes, and a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
When he begged his way aboard, Charles Wilkins, a scrawny 63-year-old intent on a last great adventure, had never swung an oar in earnest.
Accompanied by a devoted crew of misadventurers, Wilkins takes the reader along for seven weeks of rationed food, extreme sleep deprivation and life-threatening seas—as well as sharks, whales, and an ever-disintegrating boat. Little Ship of Fools is a rich, funny, and fascinating story about the importance of our connections to each other and to the planet, and the rewards of risk in our lives.
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