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New Event: The New York International Latino Film Festival-BLING: A PLANET ROCK

From: Cathy
Sent on: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:29 AM
Announcing a new event for The Metro NYC Environmental Meetup!

What: The New York International Latino Film Festival-BLING: A PLANET ROCK

When: Thursday, July 26, 5:15 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Hi all I know this is last minute but I just received an email about it and thought some others might want to attend with me. As I'm sure you all know diamonds from Sierra Leone have had such environmental and social justice implications.

The New York International Latino Film Festival
Gary Santana, Marinieves Alba & Hola @ Time Inc.
87mins / color / 2007 - The Director's Cut
5:30pm ? 7:00pm


This year, the NYILFF Vanguard program is taking the initiative of bringing forth an issue that has been looming within the hip-hop culture for quite sometime: the new brand of hip-hop commercialism, the hip-hop of Bling. To shed light on this present state of Hip-Hop, we are featuring a special documentary, BLING: A Planet Rock, by Raquel Cepeda. Following the screening, we will present a photography exhibition showcasing the classic hip-hop photography of our beloved Joe Conzo. And to finish off the evening, we are hosting a panel discussion with hip-hop filmmakers, Loira Limbal and Raquel Cepeda, who have made it their mission to bring consciousness to hip-hop via their films. The panel will be moderated by one of our co-producers, Marinieves Alba.


5:30PM-7:00PM Screening of Bling: A Planet Rock
BLING is a 90-minute documentary that takes a hard-hitting look at how the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a significant role in the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The term ?bling? refers to the shine emanating from polished diamonds that represent the status symbol for hip-hop luminaries and fans alike. BLING follows three hip-hop celebrities: Raekwon (Wu Tang Klan), Paul Wall and Reggaet?n king, Tego Calderon. They visit the capital of Freetown where they survey the devastated country, meet the hip-hop community, as well as encounter refugees and former child soldiers first hand. The stars are visibly affected by the accounts of the atrocities suffered at the hands of the rebels that included rape, torture and amputation. The film effectively captures the hip-hop community's reaction to the human rights violations and the complexities that still exist, while presenting a much needed global perspective for our youth through the dominant voice of hip-hop. A shorter broadcast?version edited for content and time?of ?Bling? aired on VH1 in February 2007 under the title "Bling'd: Blood, Diamonds and Hip-Hop".

7:00PM-7:20PM Photo Exhibit & Award Presentation for Celebrated Artist Joe Conzo
Throughout the evening, the photography of Joe Conzo will be featured inside the auditorium, an artist whose legendary and prolific work in the world of the Hip Hop has led him to be coined as one of the true historians of the vibrant and flourishing Hip Hop industry. Special recognition will be given at this time for his contributions to the community, especially for the personal challenges he overcame along the way.

7:30PM-8:30PM Panel Discussion: Conscience Hip Hop in Film
The screening will be followed by an eye-opening panel discussion with two prominent documentary filmmakers, Raquel Cepeda and Loira Limbal, whose mission is to shed a more positive light on today's Hip Hop culture through the use of film. Marinieves Alba will moderate.

1271 Avenue of the Americas
8th Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10020

Please email me your first and last name so I can get you through security.


Back in the 70s, Joe Conzo?s pictures were part of Hip-Hop. 30 years later, his pictures are part of Hip-Hop history. Joe intimately captured the birth of Hip-Hop music and a culture that would forever change the world. Having attended school with some of the pillars of Hip-Hop, such as The Cold Crush Brothers, Joe was never too far from a classic shot.

In addition to the Cold Crush, Joe documented other legendary Hip-Hop groups like the Treacherous 3, Fearless 4 and Fantastic 5. Many luminaries, like Kool Moe Dee of the Treacherous 3 and Rahiem of the Furious 5 consider Joe to be ?One of the first Hip-Hop photographers.? But Joe?s photographic contributions to urban culture weren?t limited to just Hip-Hop. In addition, Joe?s dad, Joe Conzo Sr., ?confidant and historian? of late "King of Latin Music" Tito Puente, allowed his son exclusive access to some of the most influential names in the world of Latin Music. Joe beautifully captured salsa greats like Hector Lavoe, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and Ray Baretto, as they shaped the face of Latin Music.

For more information on this event and the festival, please visit the official 2007 New York International Latino Film Festival website at:

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