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The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
September 15, 2011, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: ,

I tried to get Immortal Technique to come on this show in the past when he was one of the few figures in pop culture still insisting on bringing the earthquake in Haiti to the public’sattention. Immortal Technique centers his life around delivering a message. Whether it is to a group of orphans in Afghanistan, the audience of Rock the Bells, or a girl that needs help during the Q&A session after the screening of his new movie, Immortal Technique will immediately make the effort to address that person or group of people with direct dialogue.

He also has his own story. Tech came into the studio to discuss a new documentary film that follows him over a course of six years rising to the rap artist he became, traveling the world performing and then traveling the world to make a change. Also with him was the director of the film, Cary Stuart, and the editor, Eli Middleton. Their interaction makes it plain to see that this film is a collaboration based on love and respect. Stuart began his film as simple concert footage of his friend who also happened to be rising up as a notable figure in the rap community. Stuart noticed along the way that he was beginning to capture a transformation and his lens witnesses Immortal Technique gradually recognizing his role as an advocate for justice.

The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique is an entertaining and inspirational film. Much like the recent hip-hop documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, some of (R)evolution‘s best moments draw from the rawness of the perspective. The camera gets close to its subject who never backs away.  We are able to get a small glimpse into what drives the artist with such force. We go on to watch Immortal Technique act on this drive until he reaches his destination, which often takes him to the places he started from as a stronger person.

The dvd is not out. Keep your eye out for screenings and check in at Viper Records to find out how you can watch this movie.

Here’s the interview-

[audio https://files.nyu.edu/ltg219/public/Immortal%20Technique%20INTERNET.mp3]

Afterward, he signed my cast:

Immortal Technique signing my cast

 

photos by Eli Middleton

Lucas Green

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