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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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