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Rage - rap music rebels

by Theresa Bennett
Issue No. 1732

'This is no Hollywood movie,' says film-maker Newton Aduaka about his new film, Rage. The film is about the friendship between three young men. Like so many people, Rage, G and T have a shared dream.

But poverty stands in the way, and the characters try to keep their dream alive in the face of rejection. Rage stands out because there are so few films about the lives of young black and white working class people. Rage gives a platform to young people to talk about the appeal of gangsta rap. You don't have to be a rap fan to enjoy the soundtrack.

The film raises interesting questions about what it is to be black and where you stand if you are mixed race. However, many questions raised are left unanswered, and racism is only fleetingly mentioned. The film suffers as a result. But audiences are given a flavour of the relationships between people in multi-racial areas, and that has to be a good thing. Rage is well worth seeing. Look out for Aduaka's work in the future.

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Sat 27 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1732
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