Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shake The Dust


"For me, my real language, the language of my heart... is hip-hop".  This is the first post we've made on the blog featuring a project looking for funding.  Its not something we are in the habit of doing, but after watching the Kickstarter promo for Shake The Dust there was no doubt this was a project worth supporting.

Documentarian Adam Sjoberg spent three years, on his own dime, exploring the sub culture of hip-hop in some of the most impoverished war torn countries on the globe.  Now he is looking for funding to finish his project.

"Upon returning from a trip to Uganda in 2006, I exhibited (along with another photographer) a series of images from my time backpacking through this volatile yet beautiful African country.  Although the exhibit was relatively well-received, one newspaper article claimed the show “lacked honesty.”  Their assertion was that very few of the images seemed to actually represent the reality of the suffering that was happening in Uganda.  “Where were the M16’s, the child soldiers, the poverty, disease, despair?

The honest truth was this:  Suffering was indeed there, but it was not the majority of what I found.  Many filmmakers enter into a place of crisis, and, with a multitude of motives good and bad, endeavor to capture nothing but agony and despair.  Now, I believe there is certainly a place for that.  But if that is the only story that is told, then the subjects of our words, photos, and videos, are deprived of their humanity.  I believe we are called to empathize with suffering people– not just pity them.

When we are able to glimpse the whole of their experience– to taste their daily life, and seek to understand their culture– we will then begin to truly be moved to compassion for them– because we will not simply be looking at disturbing images– we will be looking at our brothers and sisters who are in peril.  People need to see the full truth– both the suffering, and the humanity.  This, I believe, will be the catalyst that truly stirs us to action".


Heres a cool little bonus video of Adam explaining how he got his glide cam working on the fly in Kampala.

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