The Portuguese documentary ‘Hip to da Hop’, focused on hip hop culture in Portugal, has commercial debut in theaters in Portugal on October 25, before doing a tour of the country with included musical performances.
“Hip to da Hop,” by António Freitas and Fábio Silva, “will be touring in six cinemas in the country with a show of this musical style, followed by the viewing of the film from October 10 to 22,” according to the distributor NOS Audiovisuals.
After that, on October 25, the film will debut commercially in a number of rooms yet to be defined.
The Hip to da Hop tour starts October 10 in Lisbon, in Colombo, then in Coimbra, 14, in Alma Shopping, in Porto, in 15, in North Shopping, in Loulé, 17 in the Algarve Mar Shopping, by Almada, to 18, in the Almada Forum, and ending in Évora, on October 22, in Évora Plaza.
Before the screening of the film, they perform the MC duo Sillab n Jay Fella and the stroninflows, sleep? Patterns and Lost Soul, responsible for the soundtrack of the film. In the presentations in Lisbon, Almada and Évora will also work on the ‘crew’ of breakdance Natural Skills.
‘Hip to da Hop’ premiered in April at the 15th edition of the Lisbon International Film Festival – IndieLisboa. However, it was also shown at the Hip Hop Film Festival in August in New York, United States, and at the Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival this month in Frankfurt, Germany.
With ‘Hip to da Hop’, António Freitas and Fábio Silva want to ‘make known a culture, which is also a lifestyle’, composed of four aspects, remembering that hip-hop “is not a style of gymnastics or music, “they said.
With the interviews they conducted – about 50 – and because “some conversations led to others”, they were “discovering paths” that took them from Porto to the Algarve.
In ‘Hip to da Hop’ there are “10%” of what they have gathered in conversations with writers, dj, mc, b-boys and other people who gravitate to that culture.
Three years after they started, they were able to construct “a narrative that is told by the [protagonists of the culture]” and thus complete a film that is “educational,” said Antonio.
Fábio believes that the public that likes and follows the culture “is conquered at the start,” but the goal is “to reach an audience of eight to 80 [years], regardless of whether or not you like” hip-hop.