The new 20-minute documentary Black to Techno is a stunning snapshot the Detroit techno scene that reclaims the black origins the genre's innovative spirit and soul.
Directed by British filmmaker Jenn Nkiru, the film was commissioned by Frieze and Gucci as part their Second Summer Love series. From New York's underground culture to to the rise UK acid house in the '80s, the films give the directors the artistic license to tell the stories the various music scenes that ignited social and cultural revolution around the world before the turn the century.
Narrated by beatjazz musician Onyx Ashanti, the film paints a unique picture the Motor City's perilous auto industry and "what it means to be in tune with the machine." The film also features three Detroits best female DJs - Stacy Hale, Minx, and DJ Hieroglyphics - spinning in an auto factory surrounded by bundles raw material and animatronic machines.
Paying homage to Detroit legends such as Juan Atkins, J Dilla, Underground Resistance, Electrifying Mojo, Drexciya and more, the film begins to flip back and forth between Detroit and Berlin to show how the Motor City's newfound sound had a major impact on German culture during the end the Cold War.
Watch Jenn Nkiru's film Black to Techno below.
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