A legend in his own right, Nas has proven his skills on the mic and it seems lately he’s also proving his skills on the big screen. In his first role as an executive producer, Nasir “Nas” Jones along with Photographer and filmmaker Adam Sjöberg (who has traveled to over 40 countries documenting the human condition), come together to create “Shake The Dust,” a documentary that will explore the art of breakdancing and its impact on the lives of people across the globe. “Shake The Dust” will also feature music from Nas, Common, Talib Kweli, and other international hip hop acts.
“What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet, Nas said during a release statement, “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment.”
The feature-length film explored the lives of breakers and rappers in Uganda, Yemen, Colombia, and Cambodia.
Hip-Hop, at its purest, has the unique ability to give a voice to those who are silenced by their social conditions–this global culture of resistance unifies people; it will be interesting to see how “Shake The Dust” connects these themes across cultures. “Shake The Dust” have shown at select theaters and will be available on iTunes on May 19th.
Visit shakethedust.org for more info.
You can also check out Loose Luggage Media to learn more about the great photography and film by Adam Sjöberg.