From the director of Detention and producer Eminem comes a gleefully transgressive satire of race, appropriation, and political correctness in the world's most artistically brutal sport - battle rapping. The film functions as a cultural mirror, one that invites you to laugh, gasp, and most importantly- and perhaps
most damningly - to invite recognition.
Indiewire calls Bodied, "one of the most exciting modern portraits of race relations period, and a daring assault on white liberal privilege that checks it
from the inside out."
Winner of the 2017 Audience Award at the AFI Fest and Austin Fantastic Fest, as well as the 2017 Indiewire Critics' Poll Award, the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award, and the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival's Directors to Watch Award.
Director Joseph Kahn—most known for his decades-spanning music video career working with artists like Britney Spears ("Toxic"), Destiny's Child ("Say My Name"), Taylor Swift ("Bad Blood"), and many more—steps into the underground realm of Oakland hip-hop in his latest feature, executive produced by Eminem, that's a satirical exploration of the rap battle scene. Adam (Calum Worthy, Netflix's "American Vandal") is a white "progressive" college student writing a paper on the different uses of the "N word" in battle rap, and as he begins his research at different bouts, he quickly gets swept up in the excitement and becomes a battler himself, much to the chagrin of his white girlfriend (Rory Uphold, SIFF 2015's Circle). Teaming up with battle rap king Behn Grymm, fastidiously played by Jackie Long (Atl, Idlewild), Adam dives further into the world of battle rap, neglecting his personal and professional life of living in his successful professor father's shadow (Anthony Michael Hall, The Breakfast Club). Winner of the audience awards at TIFF Midnight Madness and the 2017 Fantastic Fest, Bodied challenges the mindsets of a new America with each breathless verse.
Born in South Korea, director Joseph Kahn's body of work consists mainly of acclaimed music videos for some of the biggest names in the business including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey. Early in his career, he dreamed of developing a film involving battle rapping, but deciding to put the project on hold as this idea came in the midst of Eminem's 8 Mile (2002). Now with more than 25 years in the industry, Kahn has become a celebrated name in both the music and film industries.
Sponsored by Scarecrow Video
- Director: Joseph Kahn
- Principal Cast: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 121 minutes
- Producer: Eminem, Jil Hardin, Paul Rosenberg, Adi Shankar
- Screenplay: Joseph Kahn, Alex Larsen
- Cinematographers: Matt Wise
- Editors: Chancler Haynes
- Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2017 (The Grolsch People's Choice Midnight Madness Award), Fantastic Fest 2017 (Audience Award Winner)
- Filmography: Detention (2011); Torque (2004)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: YouTube Red
- International Sales: ICM Partners