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Mip TV Picks 2008: Just to Get a Rep

Like so much of street culture, tagging and graffiti is viewed as a nuisance and a problem to outsiders. Art to some and a misdemeanor to others, graffiti is inextricably linked to hip-hop and the neglected youths who have grown up in poor neighborhoods all over the US.
April 1, 2008


Like so much of street culture, tagging and graffiti is viewed as a nuisance and a problem to outsiders. Art to some and a misdemeanor to others, graffiti is inextricably linked to hip-hop and the neglected youths who have grown up in poor neighborhoods all over the US.

It’s a form of expression with a long history. Street kids began tagging New York City trains over 30 years ago, both as a way of expressing themselves and marking their territories. Those early manifestations of the craft have given birth to a culture based (at least within itself) on respect and camaraderie, and the desire to create something better in an otherwise barren landscape.

Just to Get a Rep explores the relationship of graffiti to both mainstream and counter culture, with tales told by the people who were there at the beginning and those who continue their tradition today. Partners: Accidental Media (Edinburgh), distributed by Seventh Art Releasing (LA) for the US, and Looking Glass International (St Andrews Beach) for the rest of the world
Wrapping: wrapped
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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