Young Rebels

Directors: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck 
Country: Cuba and USA
Year: 2005
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: English and Spanish


When hip-hop takes to Havana, Cuban artists’ spirited beats and rhymes are just as much a product of the troubled economy as of their insatiable revolutionary spirit. The film intimately engages five hip-hop groups and two producers as they negotiate the Havana summer. With Havana’s 9th Annual National Hip-Hop Festival approaching, invited performers prepare, battling economic hardship, unsympathetic mothers, and the threat of government censorship. Everyone must decide where they stand, from established groups seeking institutional support to fledgling cooperatives establishing alternative circuits, with allegiances ranging from commercial to feminist vegan.

With unheard of access to some of Cuba’s best musicians, this documentary witnesses the future of Cuban hip-hop in the making and a look at Cuba through the eyes of its youth.

About the Director

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Also Known As: Ryan K. Fleck

Biography: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (both born in 1976 in Berkeley, California) are American film directors, cinematographers, editors, and screenwriters best known for directing and writing the 2006 film Half Nelson and the 2008 film Sugar. They attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where they studied film. At this time they met on the set of a student film and decided to collaborate. Together they made the short documentaries Have You Seen This Man? and Young Rebels before they wrote and he directed the short film Gowanus, Brooklyn, a sample feature aiming to attract potential financiers to their undeveloped script, Half Nelson. The short won a prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Fleck and Boden were subsequently invited to the Sundance Writer’s Lab to receive professional feedback on the Half Nelson screenplay. Half Nelson was well received by critics and got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for Ryan Gosling.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Young Rebels (2012).

Struggle (2002 – Ryan Fleck);
Have You Seen This Man? (2003);
Gowanus, Brooklyn (2004 – Ryan Fleck);
Young Rebels (2005);
Half Nelson (2006 – Ryan Fleck);
Sugar (2008);
In Treatment (2009 – Ryan Fleck);
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010);
The Big C (2011).