From director Cori McKenna, and producer Janet Ginsburg comes “Bruk Out,” a dancehall queen feature documentary, which, last fall, completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $50,000 to complete the film.
Promising a look deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican dancehall, often criticized for being lewd and aggressively sexual, through the eyes of the powerful women at its heart, “Bruk Out” follows 6 of the best Dancehall Queens from around the world – of course Jamaica, the USA, Italy, Japan, Poland, and Spain – as they prepare to do battle at the world’s biggest dancehall competition, covering their converging stories in what the filmmakers say will be a never-before-seen look into the life of the dancehall queen. From their hometowns all the way to Jamaica, we watch as they transform from students, mothers, and professionals, into nightlife superheroes. Their story ends on a hot summer night, when one of them is crowned International Dancehall Queen.
Principal photography on “Bruk Out” ended just a few days ago, as the project moves onto the editing phase of the production process, with the goal being to finish the film in time for a late summer 2015 premiere.
While launching the film’s Kickstarter campaign, the filmmakers gave an interview to Flavorwire, in an extensive profile that’s worth reading, especially if, like me, this is a world unfamiliar to you. Titled “‘Bruk Out!’: Inside the Hypersexual and Totally Empowered World of Dancehall Queens,” check it out here.
Watch a preview of the upcoming documentary below: