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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Bad Rap - featuring Live Hip Hop Performances

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Saturday 11/12
7:35 pm
$8 General Public
$6 Students & Seniors
$5 IHP Members
FREE IHP Residents (at the Box Office)

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dir. Salima Korama, USA, Documentary, 82 mins.


An engrossing feature documentary detailing the obstacles and successes of four up-and-coming Asian American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. From battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle. The result is a thoughtful reflection on perceptions of race in mainstream music, cultural appropriation, and ongoing challenges for AAPI musicians hoping to break out of their niche.

Producer Jaeki Cho expected in attendance for post-film Q&A, followed by live performances from documentary subject Lyricks and other AAPI hip hop artists.