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Les États-Unis d’Afrique

Les États-Unis d’Afrique

A film by Yanick Létourneau

Movie review

Thanks to a lot of time spent researching and to a collaboration with someone as rich in ideas as Didier Awadi, this documentary succeeds as a fascinating portrait of African youth culture and the hip-hop movement that underlies it. Awadi’s work towards recovering the history of the culture is rendered completely coherent on screen thanks to precise and lively editing, the closeness and clarity of the camera work and the space given to the spoken word, which is at times sung, at times ranted and at times casual, but always has a view towards consciousness-raising and a spirit of openness. A skilful, militant and engaged work that examines Africa in a different way and elicits new answers which deserve to be heard.

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