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‘Shake The Dust’ Clip

SHAKE THE DUST is a feature documentary film from director and photographer Adam Sjöberg
and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones about breakdancing and hip-hop culture in the most
unlikely places. Ugandan b-boy Karim narrates this visually stunning tale that weaves a colorful,
cultural tapestry of dance, music and stories from the drug-and-poverty battered streets of
Cambodia, the untouched wild landscape of Yemen, the almost utopian hip-hop scene in the
underground of Colombia, and the embattled and poverty-stricken streets of Uganda.
SHAKE THE DUST serves to illuminate the complicated but transcendent history of hip-hop
itself. The story follows groups of b-boys, b-girls and hip hop artists in each of these struggling
cultures who have surprisingly yet refreshingly found a voice of empowerment, resistance, and
community strength in the world of hip-hop.
Hip-hop music, and the acrobatic breakdancing culture that arose in tandem with it, may have
started on the streets of The Bronx, but its reach is now decidedly worldwide. SHAKE THE DUST
chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums,
favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond with a universally-appealing energy.
With an all-embracing soundtrack of international hip-hop samples (including original music by
Nas created for the film) and some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever
committed to film, SHAKE THE DUST is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and
movement. By highlighting the stories and moves of some of the most talented breakdance
crews in the poorest urban neighborhoods of Colombia, Yemen, Uganda, and Cambodia,
Sjöberg weaves together the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across three continents,
revealing how breakdancing today acts as a positive force for social change.

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