“Young Rebels"

NCSU. Campus Cinema. Witherspoon  Student Center

 At the Witherspoon Student Center. NCSU, Raleigh 27601



Young Rebels (Jóvenes Rebeldes) Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (USA/Cuba). 2005

Spanish and English (with subtitles). 70 min.  <North Carolina Premiere>

Young Rebels follows five Cuban hip-hop groups and two producers over the course of a Havana summer. Battling onstage or at home, the characters’ personal travels collide in a summer of explosive concerts, intense debate, unbearable heat and rising tensions as government agencies begin to institutionalize hip-hop’s street roots. From the makers of the acclaimed feature film Half Nelson. “As young Cuban musicians with few hopes of commercial success embrace rap music, they look at American hip-hop with a mixture of pride (in the purity of their own political and social messages) and envy (at the wealth and fame achieved by American rappers). This informative doc introduces us to a number of these earnest young pop messengers, who barely have the resources to make a CD... but have the wherewithal to organize a rap festival.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba.” – Dana Stevens, The New York Times / “A labor of love, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone who wants to stay ahead of the hip-hop curve.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Official Selection New Directors/New Films 2005 -  San José Cinequest Film Festival 2005 -   IDFA Files Tropics (Suriname) 2006 - Tekfestival (Rome, Italy) 2006 - Madrid's Hip Hop Festival 2006


*Introduction by Jordi Marí, Associate Professor, Foreign Language and Literatures NCSU


Special presentation (Local Latino Hip-Hop).