In November 2013 hip hop mogul Nas came on board to executive produce Shake The Dust, a forthcoming feature-length documentary on hip-hop culture’s global influence. The documentary, directed by photographer Adam Sjöberg takes a look at how far the hip-hop culture has spread and how it’s been adapted to help people express themselves and their environments. Shake The Dust illuminates the complicated but transcendent history of hip hop itself.
The story follows crews of b-boys, b-girls and hip hop artists in Cambodia, Yemen, Uganda and Colombia who have found a voice of empowerment, resistance and community strength in the world of hip hop. The film features a soundtrack filled with tons of international hip-hop, with music samples from established and new rappers alike, including Nas, Common and Talib Kweli. There will also be some of the best breakdancing you’ve ever seen. The film aims to show how breakdancing can be used as a positive force for social change. Shake the Dust is now available as a 30-day exclusive digital download through Vimeo On Demand. Check out the trailer below and watch the full movie here.