Nas-Produced 'Shake the Dust' Trailer: Can Break Dancing Save the World? (Exclusive Video)
"The Butler" co-producer David Jacobson is behind the documentary portrait of young dancers in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, and Yemen.
"We're not running after fame or fortune," says one of the b-boys interviewed for the new dance documentary Shake the Dust. "We're running after change."
Journalist-turned-documentarian Adam Sjoberg's new film sprawls across four countries to chronicle the stories of young hip-hop fans. To teenagers in South America, Africa and Asia, the cultural movement isn't about fame or fortune -- it's about hope and their individual power. Sjoberg discovers that through break dancing, young people are enacting social change around the globe.
Producer David Jacobson, who recently co-produced Lee Daniels' The Butler, is spearheading Shake the Dust along with Sjoberg's Loose Luggage Media and in association with Dave Stewart's Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Wild Hair Media. Having left a stamp on the hip-hop world, rap artist Nas is on board as executive producer. He'll also provide original music for the film.
"What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet," Nas said in a statement. "After hearing Adam's vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment."
Film sales company Continental Media is representing the project overseas and plans to screen a portion of the feature-length documentary at the American Film Market, where it will also shop the project.