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SCRATCH

USA, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Mooks Backbeat – Music on Film)

Director: Doug Pray

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Scratch presents the remarkable history of Hip-Hop told by a star-studded roll call of major players. Tracing one of modern music's most enduring forms from the 70s to the new millennium join Africa Bambaata, Grand Mixer DXT Grandmaster Flash, Mixmaster Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Shadow, Q-Bert, DJ Quest, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Jazz Jay, Rob Swift, DJ Babu, Gang Starr, Jurassic 5, Cut Chemist, Dilated Peoples, X-ecutioners and dozens more tracing the development of scratching to the art of tumtablism as it stands today.

Exclusive archival footage from across three decades, private jams, rare performances and champ events like the DMC Finds and Scratch 2000 abound. Anecdotes, wild stories, rivalries and battles are stirred into the mix.

Fantastically photographed on locations from Jackson Heights to the Bronx and cross country to LA, Scratch wrestles back the spotlight from rappers and makes a case for DJs as hip-hop's true musical visionaries.

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