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Shake the Dust

USA | 2014 | 108 minutes | Adam Sjöberg

Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, Yemen. Breakdancing unites people worldwide in the common languages of movement, expression, and hip-hop. Rap superstar and producer Nas presents a broad look at a movement inspiring hope in global urban communities.

June 5, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Director Adam Sjoberg and producer David Jacobson scheduled to attend

June 6, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, started on the streets of The Bronx, but its reach is worldwide. Today, “b-boys” and a growing number of “b-girls” hone their gravity-defying breaking techniques in virtually every country on the planet. The documentary Shake the Dust, by journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, chronicles the far-reaching influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world. While each culture adopts and adapts hip-hop music, blending it with their own traditions, the breakdancing moves act as a universal language. Moving smoothly between breakdance crews in the poorest urban neighborhoods of Colombia, Yemen, Uganda, and Cambodia, Sjöberg weaves together the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across three continents, revealing how breakdancing today acts as a positive force for social change. Older generations are passing along their moves and showing kids, most of whom are orphans, that the “family” of hip-hop can be an alternative to street gangs and drug addiction. Executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones also provides original music for the film. With a soundtrack of globe-spanning hip-hop samples and some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Director Biography

Adam Sjoberg is a prolific, award-winning photographer and filmmaker who has captured gripping stories of poverty, beauty, conflict and strength 60 different countries. His work has been featured by international outlets & taste-makers including TED Talks, WIRED magazine, GOOD Magazine, and BBC News among others.

Sponsored by The Art Institute of Seattle, KNHC 89.5 FM

Director: Adam Sjöberg
Premier Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 108 minutes
Producer: David Jacobson, Matthew Shreder, James Andrew Felts
Screenplay: Adam Sjoberg
Cinematographers: Adam Sjoberg
Editors: Adam Sjoberg, Mariana Blanco, Noam Kroll
Music: Nasir “Nas” Jones, Sean Dimond
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Continental Media
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