Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Event Announcement: Boom Bap Village 2011

I'd like to announce Boom Bap Village 2011, a Hmong hip-hop event here in Saint Paul. It will be taking place on July 1 and 2. There will be a b-boy competition and the debut screening of two films, "Among BBoys" and "Travel in Spirals." Below is the press release describing those documentaries. If you have some free time this weekend and can attend this event, you should check it out.

Screening of “Among B-Boys” and “Travel in Sprials”
Saturday, July 2nd · 6 p.m. · FREE ADMISSION

Buetow Music Auditorium
Concordia University
275 Syndicate St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Concordia University will be providing screenings of the following documentaries: “Among B-Boys” and “Travel in Spirals.”

Among B-boys” was initially created as a short film. Director, Christopher Woon, has since turned this into an hour long feature documentary focusing on two main story lines, that of B-Boy Sukie and the Velocity/Soul Rivals and twin brothers, Bboys Mpact and Villn of Underground Flow. The documentary takes us geographically from Merced, Fresno and Sacramento in the California Central Valley, to Long Beach, California to as far as Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a multigenerational view of the impact B-Boying has had on the Hmong American community, the contributions made by these B-Boys, and the identities they are seeking to forge. For additional information, please visit the following webpage at: http://www.amongbboys.com/.

“Travel in Spirals” tells the story of Hmong hip-hop MC, spoken word poet, and
community organizer Tou SaiKo Lee and his journey back to his birthplace of Thailand. Born on the Nongkhai refugee camp, his parents fled Laos after the Vietnam War and came to America when Tou was two months old. Taking its title from the spirals in Hmong paj ntaub, Travel in Spirals documents Tou’s journey to the source of himself and his heritage almost 30 years after he left. For additional information, please visit the following weblink: http://www.travelinspirals.blogspot.com.

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