Pre-Production – Born in NY Raised in Paris
Public Enemy had a dream: To make hip hop a tool of expression for black men around the world who felt marginalized. Thirty years later, Chuck D and rappers across the French hip hop scene, from the 80’s to now, reflect on the impact of hip hop in its largest market outside America – France. This documentary explores how this culture from the Bronx gave a voice to ethnic minorities in France, creating a new sub-culture defined by the French language and the social landscape of Paris’s inner cities. With an up-to-the-minute examination of race in France, the film questions the meaning behind the founding values of the French Republic (Unity, Indivisibility of the Republic, and Liberty, Equality & Brotherhood or Death), and ultimately confronts the disconnect felt by Blacks in France, which is seemingly at odds with what the country presumably stands for.