Style wars

United States, 1983

Film
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Examines New York’s “hiphop” subculture - the cradle of graffiti, breakdancing and rap music movements which have rocked the international worlds of art and entertainment. Cleverly juxtaposes the viewpoints of the graffiti writers, with those of law enforcement officers and government officials. Mayor Koch advocates five days in jail for repeat “graffiti” offenders and it would appear that there doesn’t seem to be much attempt by those working for the system to understand this sub-culture.

Credits

production company

Public Art Films

co-producer

Tony Silver

Henry Chalfant

director
Duration

01:08:53:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

016717

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → New York (N.Y.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → United States - Social life and customs

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and society

Crafts & Visual Arts → Graffiti

Crafts & Visual Arts → Public art

Crafts & Visual Arts → Street art

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Culture - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Hip-hop - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Justice, Administration of

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social influence

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Sociology, Urban

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Music & Performing Arts → Hip-hop

Music & Performing Arts → Hip-hop - New York (State) - New York

Music & Performing Arts → Rap (Music)

Music & Performing Arts → Rap musicians

Places → New York (N.Y.)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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