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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.

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Reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film bring to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. The aggressive and visually stunning dance modernizes moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and features mind-blowing, athletic movement sped up to impossible speeds. We meet Tommy Johnson (Tommy the Clown), who first created the style as a response to the 1992 Rodney King riots and named it Clowning, as well as the kids who developed the movement into what they now call Krumping. The kids use dance as an alternative to gangs and hustling: they form their own troupe and paint their faces like warriors, meeting to outperform rival gangs of dancers or just to hone their skills. For the dancers, Krumping becomes a way of life--and, because it's authentic expression (in complete opposition to the bling-bling hip-hop culture), the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content, drug references, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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$1,574,787 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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$3,278,611 (USA) (15 July 2005)
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Dedicated to the memory of Quinesha "Lil Dimples" Dunford. See more »

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Miss Prissy: [on people saying South Central L.A. is dangerous] It's not dangerous, it's life.
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Referenced in Urban Justice (2007) See more »

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Fix Up, Look Sharp
Performed by Dizzie Rascal
Written by Nicholas Donald Denton, Dizzee Rascal (as Dylan Kwabena Mills) and Billy Squier (as William H. Squire)
Courtesy of Beggars Group
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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an intense, original, and completely ecstatic trip in both the cultural and aesthetic dimensions
26 November 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Perhaps imperfect as a neatly tied-up documentary statement, the film raises real contentious questions about ethnic stereotypes, youth, sexuality, and art (kudos for that). But from a purely experiential perspective this is an intense, original, and completely ecstatic trip in both the cultural and aesthetic dimensions. Personally I see nothing compromised or shallow about mixing in a healthy dose of gratuitously beautiful, highly stylized photography for the pure raw aesthetic bliss of it. The film is also quite interesting from an anthropological angle in terms of how the documented phenomenon quickly takes root, consumes these good peoples' identities 24-7, organically grows, divides, mutates, rapidly spans generations and groups, sweeps up even infants who intuitively jack right in to the main line, and seems to strongly channel ancient ancestral rites straight into South Central, where it weaves a crazy web of hope and ecstatic optimism through the beleaguered community like beautiful wildflowers in a cracked asphalt lot. I may just have to start wearing my clown outfit to the office in tribute, but I guess I should work on my moves first. For that I suppose I'll just have to wait for the inevitable krumping class at my local gym! :p


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