Democracy in Dakar (Senegal, 2009)

Directed by: Magee McIlvaine, Chris Moore and Ben Herson

Synopsis: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop’s role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released via the Internet – the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Awards: Media That Matters Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Current TV Viewers Choice

Noted Festivals: Toronto African Film Festival, Black Soil Film Festival (Netherlands), Pan African Film Festival

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