Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MIFF 2012 Review: This Ain't California + Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

This Ain't California
Dir. Marten Persiel
Country: Germany
Aus Rating: N/A
Running Time: 90mins

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Dir. Ice-T
Country: USA
Aus Rating: N/A
Running Time: 106mins

Whether it was a deliberate action on behalf of the MIFF schedule organisers or purely kismet coincidence, but the back-to-back screenings of Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California and Ice-T’s (yes, Ice-T) Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap proved to be a winning double. The former is documentary following the very literal clash of East meets West from a time in the 1980s where Californian skate culture blossomed under the shadow of the Berlin Wall in East Germany. Meanwhile, the latter is another East meets West documentary, this time as the legendary rap star turned director traverses the East Coast (New York) and West Coast (Los Angeles) rap scenes from their inception in the early 1980s to discover what it takes to write the perfect lyric.

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