Shake The Dust is a feature documentary film from director and photographer Adam Sjoberg and rap superstar Nasir “Nas” Jones about breakdancing and hip-hop culture in the most unlikely places. Ugandan b-boy Karim narrates this visually stunning tale that weaves a colorful, cultural tapestry of dance, music and stories from the drug-and-poverty battered streets of Cambodia, the untouched wild landscape of Yemen, the almost utopic hip-hop scene in the underground of Colombia, and the embattled and poverty-stricken streets of Uganda.
Shake the Dust serves to illumine the complicated but transcendent history of hip-hop itself through the lenses of these individual communities of artists and dancers. The story follows groups of b-boys, b-girls and hip hop artists in each of these struggling cultures who have surprisingly yet refreshingly found a voice of empowerment, resistance, and community strength in the world of hip-hop.
Ultimately the film pulls back the layers of stereotypes and judgements often cast on the developing world to reveal an explosively energetic heart, rich with nuance and hope.
"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. 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.”
- Nasir “Nas” Jones