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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary (2018 Feature Film)

Cori WAPNOWSKI | USA | 2017 | doc | color | DCP | 69' | English | n.s.

MUSIC CALLS_This raw, energetic documentary follows six women, all of whom want to become the best Dancehall Queen in the world. It’s not just pop divas such as Beyoncé and Miley who imitate the provocative Jamaican dance style – anonymous women from Spain, America, Poland and Japan are also making this their emancipatory life goal.

Dancehall is a dance style often criticized as being sexist by objectifying women. The documentary Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary convincingly shows that this is a misunderstanding. One of the interviewees pointedly compares the extravagance of dancehall with punk rock: these women are doing what they want, they feel liberated when they are dancing, and the dance is an expression of who they are.

This dynamic documentary follows a number of women – from Japan, Italy, America, Poland, Spain, and of course Jamaica – as they prepare for the International Dancehall Queen competition in Jamaica, the birthplace of dancehall. For these women, dancehall is also a way of escaping their backgrounds and pain – of temporarily being in a different world. They all have nicknames, and for some of them this has become a liberating alter ego. Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary portrays an energetic subculture bursting with 'female empowerment', in all its glory. 

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 11 April 2018

Time: 22:00

Duration: 0:52

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 22:30

Duration: 0:52

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 15:15

Duration: 0:52

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 21:30

Duration: 0:52

Year in Festival
2018
Director
Cori WAPNOWSKI
Camera
Joshua Mayes
Jeremy Rogers
Country
USA
Editor
David Herr
Language
English
Length
69'
Music
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar
Producer
Cori Wapnowski
Production Company
Video Disco
Sales
Gunpowder & Sky
Sound Design
Travis Breitenbach
Year of Production
2017
Cori WAPNOWSKI

Cori WAPNOWSKI (for this film credited as Cori McKenna) is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York. She has edited dozens of TV shows and documentaries, including HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. She directed Refinery 29’s documentary series What We Teach Girls (2015-2016), a global exploration of the lessons and values girls are taught. McKenna’s debut feature Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary (2017) looks deep into the world of Jamaican Dancehall culture through the eyes of the women dancers, Dancehall Queens. McKenna's passion is connecting people and ideas through documentary storytelling.

Filmography

(all doc) What We Teach Girls (2015-2016, TV series), Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary (2017)