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Close Up: Ava DuVernay

This Is the Life

A fascinating documentary charting the rise of a group of LA street poets who shunned gangster rap.

Image from This Is the Life

USA 2008
Dir Ava DuVernay
With 2Mex, Chali 2na, Busdriver, Cut Chemist
97min
Format tbc

DuVernay’s first feature is a fascinating documentary charting the rise of The Good Life, a group of LA street poets who rejected gangster rap and dedicated themselves to pushing the creative boundaries of hip hop. The progressive movement they created in 1989 reverberates right through music to the present day.


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