SINCE 2000 INTERMUNDOS HAS SUPPORTED COLOMBIAN HIP HOP:
“The other sopresa has been the richness of the social rap movement here. It is one of the few available spaces for real dialogue in this country with its complex and crazy war, and feels like the next generation of the protest poetry we studied at Umass. Colombian hiphop stretches both mind and heart; it is a complex mix of poesia, periodismo, y politica, of protestas, prophecias y ritmos. In its attempt to provide an alternative news source as told from the inside out and not the outside in, it is reminiscent of the testimonio movement in Central America, though its griots are younger and generally more urban. Like testimonios and like traditional protest poetry, hiphop here tells the stories of people whose voices we would otherwise not hear, stories of social cleansing, displacement, blatant racism, police brutality. It speaks out against the violence that erupts from all sides, analyzing not only its effects but its roots. It breaks down the exploitation of U.S. imperialism and the implications of a “globalized” economy on an uneven playing field. “
Ruth Henry – Boston
2006 – 2009 FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA:
In 2009 Intermundos releases the first audiovisual package to come out Internationally about Colombian hip hop, a cultural expression which has been adopted and adapted by the Colombian youth since the early 90’s and has flourished in all of Colombia’ principal cities. The DVD includes the feature length documentary Frekuensia Kolombiana as well as the first documentary about Colombian hip hop – Testimonios Hip Hop Colombiano, also included are nine video clips by different Colombian hip hop artists. The CD is the first compilation of Colombian hip hop to come out internationally and includes 18 tracks of Colombia’s finest hip hop from Bogotá, Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla. Also included in the package is a 36 page booklet with lyrics translated to English and a variety of information about the groups featured and their cultural and social background. All of the artwork was done by Bogotá’s freshest stencil crew Excusado Print System. This is an independent project made possible by Intermundos, a grass roots non for profit based in Colombia.
2004 – SUPPORT FOR HIP HOP MOVEMENT IN CARTAGENA:
A page we created for a hip hop collective called La HeroiK from Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast. La HeroiK was the collective that started the movement in Cartagena, offering access to equipment, a space to practice, workshops, films etc. La HeroiK was run and made possible by Nicanor Orozco.
2005 – HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL IN SUBA – BOGOTA
During the months of June and July 2005 – Screenings of films and documentaries related to hip hop. The screenings were followed by representatives of the different branches of hip hop culture discussing and debating aspects from the films shown as compared to their real life experience as participants of hip hop culture in Colombia.
2005 – GRAFITI STREET EVENT WITH TATS CRU FROM NYC
On the occasion of the arrival of MODEM and HOW, from the grafity cru TATS, INTERMUNDOS along with the SKARTEL collective organized an event in public space in the center of Bogotá. To the sound of music mixed live by DJ Fresh and DJ Kaz, the invited grafity artists painted a mural along with the local writers Hueso and Compatriotas.
2004 – SERIES OF HIP HOP WORKSHOPS IN SUBA, BOGOTA:
Free workshops started at the beginning of 2004. These have contributed in strengthening the creative processes of the groups involved as well as developing their organizational capacities in relation to funding and production. These groups have now been recognized by the local hip hop scene and actively take part in the cultural and activist events of Bogotá . The workshops were made possible through an alliance with LA CASA DE LA CULTURA DE SUBA and the CORPORACIÓN SUBA AL AIRE, who contributed the space and technical infrastructure, making possible that these take place.
2001 TO 2005 HIP HOP DOCUMENTATION CENTER – CASA DE LA CULTURA IN SUBA, BOGOTA:
Located in LA CASA CULTURAL DE SUBA from 2001 to 2005. Our purpose with this center was to facilitate free access to information and promote self education. We recognize the possibilities of exchange as part of the traditions of ancient communities and most of our material has been obtained through this same tradition. The center holds more than 500 items which include videos, books, magazines and music. This was before Internet was widely available to young people in Bogota and there exsited still a huge information breach..
2002 – HIP HOP WEBSITE:
One of the first websites to promote Colombian hiphop: http://intermundos.org/en/hiphopoldsite1.htm
2000 – TESTIMONIOS HIP HOP COLOMBIANO AGNO 2000:
Directed by: Vanessa Gocksch
To see an excerpt of this doc. click HERE
Or download it in MPEG4 format:
This is the first documentary about Colombian hiphop. It was made in order to promote this movement to the world. Our goal with the making of the documentary was to acquire financial backing, so as to help to strengthen this positive youth movement existent within a war torn country.
The documentary was made with no budget, out of pure solidarity. 60% of it is stock footage shot between 1994 and 2000, the rest was shot from May to July 2000. It was subtitled a couple of months later in New York City.
The documentary is about hiphop in Colombia, and the difficulties that the youth faces after 40 years of war. Taking you from Bogota to Cali to Medellin, it depicts the history of the arrival of hiphop in Colombia, the reasons it has been so strongly adopted by the Colombian youth, the hardships of creating without financial or logistical support and most importantly the beautiful positive movement that it has become.
Screened in 23 festivals in Colombia, the USA and Europe.
Awarded – “Best Documentary Short”, H20 Film Festival. Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY. November 2002. www.h2oiff.org
Special thanks to Pierre Heron