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.

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