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ZAKEE releases short film “Tippin” ahead of his upcoming project, Rise of the Rebels: ASSIMILATIONS


Zakee returns with his latest visual for the single “Tippin” ahead of his forthcoming sophomore LP Rise Of The Rebels: Assimilations, due this Spring. A short film and musical journey through Colombia, South America, Tippin features children from Tierra Bomba, an island off the coast of Cartagena inhabited by descendants of enslaved Africans. While “Tippin” tackles heavy subjects such as addiction, injustice and love, the short film serves as a message of empowerment. Zakee says:

"Tippin describes moments in my life where I almost reached a breaking point. I wanted to contrast that imagery with messages of empowerment that would hopefully resonate with people with similar challenges,even The Tierra Bomba Boys. Tippin, gives a glimpse of the people of Tierra Bomba, with strong visuals of their real lives, work and struggles."

Zakee was inspired to shoot Tippin when he met the kids of the island who are tackling the island waste management issues,with sustainable solutions. To support this work, Zakee and the Twelve Bit Media team are planning to build Tierra Bomba’s first eco-friendly community center & school.

Written& Directed by Zakee Kuduro
Starring: ZAKEE & The Tierra Bomba Boys
Producer: Twelve Bit Media/ Mike Hernandez/Evan Frank/Zakee Kuduro
Director Of Photography: Zakee Kuduro
Original Music Sound: ZAKEE
Sound mix: David Sisko
Colorist: Twelve Bit Media
Copy Card: Lauren Jane Holland
Associate Producer: Evan Frank
Creative Director: Twelve Bit Media
Shot on location at Tierra Bomba in Colombia, South America.

Home Goings by Christine Turner

Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood, HOMEGOINGS takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.”

Were pleased to announce that “GO FOR SISTERS” starring Edward James Olmos, Yolonda Ross, and Lisdgay Hamilton will be coming to major theaters this fall. 

When they were girls Bernice and Fontayne were as close as sisters. Time and trouble have taken their toll and 20 years later they meet again–when one is the parole officer for the other. Bernice needs help from the dark side and calls onFontayne, who is just out of prison and fighting to stay clean. Bernice’s son Rodney is missing and may be found on the Mexican border in hiding or in the hands of smugglers. The friends enlist “The Terminator” Freddy Suárez, a disgraced ex-LAPD detective suffering from macular degeneration, to help them find the boy before it’s too late.

How far would you go for an old friend?

http://goforsistersmovie.com/

ABC’s 

"The Producer" featuring Mike Hernandez 

Healing Walks is a short documentary calling attention to the destruction of the tar sands and deforestation in Alberta,Canada and the courageous indigenous communities fighting back. Participants staged an 8 mile Healing Walk Ceremony to acknowledge the damage of tar sands oil mining on their land and local communities.

Written & Directed by: Zakee Kuduro
Produced by: Energy Action Coalition & Zakee Kuduro
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You never know how valuable something is until it’s taken away from you. People are living from check to check while trying to chase a vision of sustainability. This is not an environmental issue…this is a social issue….a story of how humans have once again find themselves destroying their own environment for the sake of money and greed. I would be lying to you if I told that I sometimes couldn’t sleep because of a resonating person or issue some how touched my soul. 

One of the worst oil spills in the World happened less than 2 years ago carrying Tar Sands oil. The effect was contaimation of water,destruction of crops and the death of many animals. This whole climate discussion has been boiling hot, for quite some time now and people are getting frustrated. Even President Obama stepped up earlier this summer briefly talking about climate issues and if there was really any true safety impact with XL pipeline. Pipelines operate all day, every day with the help of powerful pumps, additives that move the oil with less resistance, and the laws of physics. $521 billion is the economic impact Canada’s oil sands expects to bring to the United States from 2010 to 2035. This 20-year plan outlines an integrated approach for all levels of government, industry, and communities to address the economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities in the oil sands regions. Like anywhere in the world, where there are people, there are impacts on ecosystems and wildlife. This is no different in the oil sands region, where significant industrial development coexists with a thriving ecosystem, bringing with it potential habitat changes that are major challenges to manage.

Last July I traveled to Canada to get a closer look at the tar sands — the big dirty oil projects that we’ve been hearing a lot about down in the U.S. But when I got off the plane in Alberta, things got a little bit weird; I got locked up. As I was going through customs, the Canadian Immigration officials put me in handcuffs then brought me into a back room. I was searched and interrogated for over 4 .5 hours. They kept asking questions like: “Why are you here?… Who do you know?… Why would a black guy like you come all the way up here to meet with indigenous people?” Of course I didn’t budge…I come from the old school of never snitching. You would have thought I was a dope boy smuggling drugs…or spreading communist literature…but I wasn’t. My objective was to cover the effects of tar-sands toxins on Indigenous communities of Canada. So..I sat in handcuffs calmly and collect as…they took my phone and laptop asked me for my passwords…Of course I refused and they hacked them anyway. At that point it was a waiting game….

They knew I was there to document a story that the Canadian government and the tar sands industry doesn’t want to be told. I was in Alberta for something called the Healing Walk — an annual walk and demonstration led by natives of the region to raise awareness about the destructiveness of the tar sands and build strength to overcome it. The real story behind all this isn’t the story of my trouble with customs and Canadian officials, it’s the story of the Indigenous and First Nations’ people who have been dealing with the horrific impacts of the tar sands, and who are leading the effort to heal and overcome it. In my 72 hours documenting the Healing Walk, I was able to see some incredible things. Some of it will shock you, some of it will make you mad, it might fill you with hope, and it could make you cry.

Now I’m releasing 30 minutes of footage in a visual that I hope will further educate people. “Healing Walks” is a short documentary calling attention to the destruction of the tar sands and deforestation in Alberta,Canada and the courageous indigenous communities fighting back. Participants staged an 8 mile Healing Walk Ceremony to acknowledge the damage of tar sands oil mining on their land and local communities.

healingwalksfilm.com

Healing Walks is a short documentary calling attention to the destruction of the tar sands and deforestation in Alberta,Canada and the courageous indigenous communities fighting back.  Participants staged an 8 mile Healing Walk Ceremony to acknowledge the damage of tar sands oil mining on their land and local communities.  Directed by Zakee Kuduro High-res

Healing Walks is a short documentary calling attention to the destruction of the tar sands and deforestation in Alberta,Canada and the courageous indigenous communities fighting back.  Participants staged an 8 mile Healing Walk Ceremony to acknowledge the damage of tar sands oil mining on their land and local communities.  Directed by Zakee Kuduro

MERKATO is a documentary on Addis Ababa’s open air market, one of the largest and oldest in all of Africa. The film focuses on the differing lives of a selected group of locals with ties to the market and the ominous threat of modernization. In filmmaker Sosena Solomon‘s own words:

From the perspective of five personal stories a reflection emerges of a fascinating place that is a true microcosm of the human condition. The culture and way of life for many of Merkato’s merchants is under threat by modern development. MERKATO is the final portrait of the people who LIVE, WORK and DREAM within this rapidly transforming reality… The modern development in Ethiopia and its overall impact on the people and culture of this unique community is threatening the survival of MERKATO. I knew this moment had to be documented to share the unheard voices of the people affected the most.

Were pleased to announce that “GO FOR SISTERS” starring Edward James Olmos, Yolonda Ross, and Lisgagay Hamilton will be coming to major theaters this fall. 
When they were girls Bernice and Fontayne were as close as sisters. Time and trouble have taken their toll and 20 years later they meet again–when one is the parole officer for the other. Bernice needs help from the dark side and calls onFontayne, who is just out of prison and fighting to stay clean. Bernice’s son Rodney is missing and may be found on the Mexican border in hiding or in the hands of smugglers. The friends enlist “The Terminator” Freddy Suárez, a disgraced ex-LAPD detective suffering from macular degeneration, to help them find the boy before it’s too late.How far would you go for an old friend?http://goforsistersmovie.com/

Were pleased to announce that “GO FOR SISTERS” starring Edward James Olmos, Yolonda Ross, and Lisgagay Hamilton will be coming to major theaters this fall. 

When they were girls Bernice and Fontayne were as close as sisters. Time and trouble have taken their toll and 20 years later they meet again–when one is the parole officer for the other. Bernice needs help from the dark side and calls onFontayne, who is just out of prison and fighting to stay clean. Bernice’s son Rodney is missing and may be found on the Mexican border in hiding or in the hands of smugglers. The friends enlist “The Terminator” Freddy Suárez, a disgraced ex-LAPD detective suffering from macular degeneration, to help them find the boy before it’s too late.

How far would you go for an old friend?

http://goforsistersmovie.com/

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