(Chillin after the show w/ Philippine rap legends Gloc 9 and Francis M)
It's been almost 2 years since that trip to the P.I, and I'm itching with excitement about the completion of the film. It was such a personal journey for me, and at the same time, it's so much bigger than any one person. Eric and I have been going back and forth as far as the direction of the film, aesthetics, promotion, and so forth. And I believe what we have lined up is going to serve an unprecedented purpose as far as 1) raising the awareness among Fil-Ams of the Philippine situation (thru hip hop), 2) identifying hip hop as useful tool for organizers in the Philippines, and 3) getting folks to relate to the struggles of Filipinos in America to re-discover their roots and see their homeland as the catalyst for their political involvement. In addition, the film is dope!
So keep checking back for updates as we edge closer to the project's completion. Definitely more to come!!!
Sounds of a New Hope is a documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC Kiwi and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the people's movement for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines.