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Krudas, Sandra Boero-Imwinkelried, Kuba 2006, 29 min.

Filled with the unique colors and rhythms of Cuba, Krudas explores the lives and work of an interracial, lesbian couple from Cuba who leads a hip hop duo called Krudas and a street performance group of actors, stilt walkers and jugglers, Tropazancos.

Krudas begun their hip hop group in 1999, and are currently the most popular female group from the Cuban alternative music scene. They address issues such as female liberation, lesbian rights, female solidarity, and racism. All their work is deeply impregnated with feminism and their African roots.

An all-female crew from Argentina, Cuba, Wales and France made this documentary.

Krudas conceive language itself as the root of female exclusion. Their songs represent an effort to upset semantics and syntax. They summon men to dialogue, refusing any sort of hierarchical relationship. Krudas emphasize on the use of the first person - we usually hear the repetition of the first person "I" ("yo"), sometimes followed by their names to further personalize the discourse. Krudas’ first person extends beyond mere autobiographical narrative; their "I" is an attempt to formulate a double subjectivity, what philosopher Luce Irigaray calls "I-she" ("Je-elle") and "I-he" ("Je-il").

In addition to leading the hip hop duo and the street performance group Tropazancos, Krudas have also organized a network of female hip hop artists, Omega, to unite females in the hip hop and alternative music scene. Omega’s goal is to join forces in order to generate larger projects, including all-female collective performances, recordings, and workshops.


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