BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
African Underground

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar

ORIGINAL TITLE:
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
USA / 2008 / 65 min
DIRECTOR:
Benjamin Herson & Magee McIlvaine & Chris Moore
Hiphop and politics in Senegal

AFRICAN UNDERGROUND: DEMOCRACY IN DAKAR is a documentary film about the connections between hip-hop and politics in Senegal's capital Dakar. The team of directors has followed rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street both during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal, focusing on hip-hop's role in the political process. The film was originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released on the internet. It attempts to bridge the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film.

Benjamin Herson & Magee McIlvaine & Chris Moore

Ben Herson is the founder of the record company Nomadic Wax, and one of the originators of this project. AFRICAN UNDERGROUND: DEMOCRACY IN DAKAR is his first film as a director.

Magee McIlwaine has worked on a number of politically-themed documentaries and is one of the co-founders of Sol Productions, a non profit film production company.

Chris Moore is another co-founder of Sol Productions and has co-directed and co-produced three feature documentaries on three different continents.