Estilo Hip Hop

Three hip-hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba firmly believe that hip hop can change the world.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
June 28, 2009
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Virgilio Bravo

Virgilio Bravo is an independent media-maker and activist. Over the past decade Bravo has initiated several unique projects aimed at creating responsible links between media and marginal communities. These initiatives include the Cell Block Project, a yearly media literacy and film series held at New York’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility. In the late ’90s Bravo also co-founded Stress magazine, the first lifestyles publication to fuse hip-hop and social activism. Bravo’s community work has been recognized and supported by the Open Society Institute, the Union Square Awards, and the Ford Foundation. Currently, Bravo freelances as a media educator for the Global Action Project and as a writer for the recently launched MTV3 network.


Loira Limbal

Loira Limbal is a filmmaker, DJ, and activist. Limbal has worked at various community-based organizations including The Point CDC, The Dominican Women’s Development Center, and Sista II Sista. Currently, she is the director of The Reel X Project, which is a social justice and creative filmmaking space for young women of color in the Southwest Bronx. Limbal received a bachelor’s in history from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel’s Film and Video Production Training Program. She has received awards from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Open Society Institute, Royce Fellows Society, and the Lisa Sullivan Fund for her work combining arts and activism.

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The Film

Estilo Hip Hop chronicles the lives of three hip-hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip-hop can change the world. These three inspirational leaders mobilize young people to become politically active. However as the stakes assume greater risks, the leaders are faced with challenges and have to make life-altering decisions that ultimately impact the course of their lives and of the hip-hop movement.