Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Turf Feinz movie: Dance can beat the gangsta crap?
Everyone's making movies it seems. Molly Parkin's being shadowed by Robert Chilcott for a BBC show and a fly-on-the-wall, Duncan Fallowell's directing films (see post below), Madame Arcati is to be filmed next month in Hove. And now writer Farah Damji has produced and directed a short movie called Letz Dance about Turf Feinz, a group of black American gang members from Oakland, near San Francisco, pioneering a new type of street dance with a social purpose.
When the Huffington Post published a piece on them a fortnight ago, their dance video went viral and has received over 1.4m YouTube views to date. The hope is that by raising their profile, and inspiring other dance groups to form, more creative approaches can be developed to counter gang-related street crime - here in the UK and the US.
In short, turf dancers want to reclaim the streets (and I hope make way for little old ladies such as myself who may be unnerved at the sight of sexy, lithe cockers throwing out their arms and legs on street corners to funny music).
Farah's film includes an interview with the blogger and poet Tristan Hazell who talks about turf (an acronym for taking up room on the floor) dance, the beauty of Turf Feinz and the power to change a world. Watch Farah's movie here.