In the black civil rights movement and gays' political battle, the artistic means of comedy and stylised overdrawing were developed into hard-hitting weapons. The Blitz Cinema section of the programme presents outstanding film works by contemporary witnesses and protagonists of the scene that deal with the cultural identity of African-Americans, subcultural movements like rap and Afro-punk, biographies of transsexuals in pop culture, and the "golden age" of gay New York before the advent of AIDS.
Biggie & Tupac
D: Nick Broomfield, USA 2002, 107 min, OV
The British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield pursues two murder cases in the gangsta rap milieu: In 1996 rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, and Biggie Smalls died the following year in Los Angeles. Broomfield's theses have reopened the long-closed files of these cases: the wide-mesh net of political and economic interests is becoming obvious.