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Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB533460
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Silva Basmajian, Sylvia Sweeney
Directors:  Elizabeth St. Philip
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Black History, Diversity, Documentary, Music, Social Issues, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  45:08

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The images are everywhere: young, Black women shaking their assets in music videos featuring the biggest names in hip hop. The dancers appear to be pretty props, gyrating to songs with misogynistic lyrics sung by mostly male rappers - images that appear to be exploitative and stereotypical. Yet auditions are highly sought after. What drives these women to risk everything - education, jobs, relationships - for a chance at fame?

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer goes behind the scenes to find the truth behind these highly sexualized images. This edgy POV documentary follows Linda, Michelle and Tracy - three young Black women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image.

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.

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