Straight out of Khartoum comes a short film featuring a collection of young men who call themselves Hip Hop Artists, In Search of Hip Hop, by Issraa El-Kogali offers an inside look at a fresh new wave of creative expression in Sudan. A few years after peace was brokered with South Sudan a boom in live performances and visiting DJs and MCs from Europe and the USA the Hip Hop fire really caught fire in the city of two Niles. The film features live performances, spur of the moment free-styling and footage from the first Sudan Boombox live DJ party in spring of 2010. The film is set against the backdrop of Sudan’s first elections in 24 years. Post separation the film brings to mind questions of freedom of expression and continuity in a severed nation.

This film was produced by Goethe Institute Sudan as a part of Sudan Film Factory’s series Made in Sudan.

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) 2013

In Search of Hip Hop (11 mins, Sudan, 2010) from Issraa El-Kogali on Vimeo.

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