Shake The Dust is Nas‘ new feature-length documentary about breakdancing’s  global influence. The 84-minute film chronicles the stories of rappers, DJs, and b-boys across Uganda, Yemen, Colombia and Cambodia.

The legendary rapper, Nas, who’s full name is Nasir Jones is the executive producer, and the film is directed by journalist-turned-director and photographer Adam Sjöberg. Nas is reported to have said about the project, “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.”

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The documentary made its online debut on Vimeo on April 14, 2015. And, on May 15, 2015 began it’s screening in 7 cities

Check out the trailer:


As reported by Okayafrica:

“Sjöberg first started filming Shake The Dust in Kampala in 2010 after connecting with Breakdance Project Uganda founder Abramz Tekya. Speaking on the country’s hip-hop scene, Sjöberg tells us that “Thanks to Abramz and the work of Breakdance Project Uganda, the breaking scene is vibrant and growing. Abramz has helped educate youth all over Uganda of the history of hip-hop, its pillars, and how to use it to empower and enliven individuals and communities,” he said over email. “The overall hip-hop scene in Uganda is continuing to grow – with rap artists and dancers popping up every day – creating music videos and names for themselves, often starting with very little. Artists like Ruyonga are helping continue to spread Uganda’s reputation as a pure hip-hop giant across East Africa.”

 “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,”
Shake The Dust is available to watch online as a thirty-day exclusive digital download on Vimeo on Demand. The film began a limited theatrical rollout in the US on May 15 in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theater by BOND/360 . See below for a full list of dates, and keep up with the project on Facebook and Twitter. The film will be available on Itunes and additional VOD outlets as from today, May 19.


Shake The Dust Theatrical Run:
4/16 – CIMM Fest, Chicago IL (Q&A w/Adam Sjoberg)
5/15-5/21 – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA
5/23 – 5/2 – Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland OR
6/11 & 6/14 – Film Bar Phoenix AZ Theatrical
6/18 Only – SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA
7/18 Only – Julydoscope Houston TX