Scared of Revolution

NEW DOCS

The legacy of the Last Poets is a signature and essential Black Arts Movement contribution, part of the African diaspora oral tradition that includes storytelling, the blues, jazz singing, spoken word, and rap. The influential group of performance poets and musicians emerged from the 1960s civil rights movement and black nationalism, and their work has had a significant impact on hip-hop. The Last Poets member Umar Bin Hassan has that delivery that melts mics and those on the other end of his verbal ire. Just like Gil Scott-Heron, he shares the troubled life of many an artist—substance abuse, failed parenthood—yet he survives. He acknowledges his failures as he struggles to amend and atone, grandson in tow, with the blessings of his daughters, mother, and colleague Abiodun Oyewole. In intimate conversations with Hassan and those closest to him, Scared of Revolution follows the visionary artist as he confronts the hardships of his past and strives to reconnect with his family.  DS 

Friday, April 5 — 4:10 pm Cinema 4

Director

Daniel Krikke

Editor

Tim Schijf

Cinematographer

Thomas Fibbe

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2019

Country

Netherlands

Run Time

72 minutes

Premiere

US Premiere