SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
War breeds destruction and division. Nobody knows that better than the people who experienced it. The memory of struggle and bloodshed still lingers fresh among people of the Balkans. Young men and women of the same language, same culture, divided by the battlefront. How does peace and unity sprout after years of hate and warfare?
Peace, unity, love, and having fun. This is the motto of hip hop. Although hip hop started in the Bronx, NY, it quickly spread to far corners of the world, including the war-torn Balkans in the mid 90s. There, a group of young people started to build something permanent. The present project aims to document that story. We spent the past two years collecting 2 TB of raw footage, and already started telling this story to the worldwide audience. Now it’s time to bring things to a new level - a full-length documentary. This will be a story of how young people from the wartorn Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia managed to bridge their differences and build unity through dance and music. This will be the story of the Balkan Hip Hop.
INTRO: HIP HOP WORLDWIDE AND IN THE BALKANS
The hurried world we live in has become a very stressful and confusing place for the new generations growing up in it.
To deal with this, a group of young people gathered around the urban culture known as hip hop.
They used dance as their tool to develop themselves and to make a difference in their society by challenging themselves and provoking others to do the same.
This developed into an art-form. The part of hip hop called breaking, b-boying or breakdancing.
Hip hop is a culture and an art movement.
It is a powerful medium for expression of individual beliefs, feelings and opinions through
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While hip hop was created in the Bronx in the mid-1970s, it has soon spread throughout the world and, eventually, came to the Balkan countries.
The Balkans was a war zone when hip hop made its impact. During the early 90s, people that until yesterday called themselves brothers, were suddenly set up against each other at the warfront, leading to tens of thousands of deaths and torn up families. But the human spirit lingered on. When hip hop came to the Balkans, it had the same effect it had in the Bronx during the 70s: it connected people regardless of their religion, ethnicity, and political beliefs. It started as a rebellion, a new way to express oneself. It was an efficient method to have fun and create beauty, while pushing through the boundaries of censorship. All without violence.
However, despite these origins, today, for many people, hip hop has become just a fashion. Something to buy or to follow simply because it is popular. With time, its history may get forgotten. It may become just an item to consume.
We want to preserve the original story of Hip Hop in the area of Balkan during the time when it still made a difference. The aim of this project is to save the history by digging out the testimonies from the people most active in bringing, spreading and shaping the hip hop culture in the Balkan countries, with the goal of showing the newer generations why it is important to stop being just a hip hop consumer, and how hip hop can be used to make a real difference.
FREESTYLE KINGZ COLLECTIVE
FreeStyle Kingz Collective was founded in 1997 in an effort to build and preserve the urban youth culture hip hop culture on the Balkan area.
At the beginning it was the just a dancing crew, but with time it become an organization, finally becoming a full-fledged collective of hip hop activists as it is today.
Through all that time, Freestyle Kingz has kept building the Balkan hip hop scene with different events like workshops, theater productions, community projects, cultural and educational exchanges, mostly using breaking as the central theme.
The main goal of the Freestyle Kingz collective always was and will be to make Balkan bboys and hip hop culture connected to the rest of the world, in order to allow for a cultural exchange from which everyone can benefit.
ONGOING: BALKAN BBOY HISTORY BOX
"Balkan BBoy history box" is a currently ongoing project of Freestyle Kingz, aiming to collect, preserve, and promote Balkan bboy history by making a digital archive of it.
Digitization started in 2018 and until now we collected about 100 hours of raw video material. All videos were recorded by bboys personally, and with the help of their friends. The collected material is digitized and safely stored for the future projects aimed at the promotion of Balkan bboy history, like the YouTube video blog "FlashBack Week", which is already up and running. FlashBack Week is a weekly updated collection of different bboy cuts from various events that took place from 1997 to 2009.
We want to make more serious production and make stories out of the crews which was a part of development of that subculture when it was younger. In the new series called "Generation B" (which stands for Generation Break) we want to travel around the Balkan in order to collect stories of most influential crews on Balkan, to find out what was their story of why did they get involved in breaking. Now after 15-20 years we can hear the stories of grown up people which will tell us how Hip Hop actually changed they life's and influenced their own future.
"Generation B" is the generation which begin to dance in the middle of 90' until early 2000', and by they own activity they participated in development of that youth urban culture. During 90' on aria of ex Yugoslavia war take place and that was the time of great repression in that aria, but on the rest of the Balkan was almost the same, regime was changing and poverty was really big. But there was still young people which was full of energy and with big will to make their own world. Our task is to collect, process and put together their stories, stories about young people which were constantly working on connecting youth through the dance, bringing down the borders and building up an tolerance between the nations.
Most of the Crews from that era were starters of that scene on a local level, so most of their time they were active in their local community as breaking teacher or organizers of events and gatherings. Every Crew got his original story which is specific for each of them, because this urban culture and the scene was build from basically nothing, there was just a need for break and will to do something.
Our next steps in this project are based on developing contacts with 12 Crews from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosna & Hercegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece which will be a part of this first session. This part of the project will take until end of 2019, and after that we will know with which Crews we will make stories. By the beginning of the year 2020 we will start to organize meetings (live or on line) with them in order to get that first draft interviews .
After communication with all the crews we will make script for each episode and start to develop shooting plan. Shooting will be done through the year 2021, but air time will start from September 2021. If we don't raise full amount needed for this project, we will record as much episodes possible with amount which we have.
For this production we need to insure founds for additional equipment (hard disc drives, camera, tripods, lights, microphone, etc...) as well as the trips around the Balkan and video & audio montage. Until now it was not funded project and like that we manage to collect a lot of archived video materials from bboys around the Balkan and start "FlashBack Week" as a start up project.
1 x Canon XA11 PRO Camera
2 x Tripod
2 x 4TB Hard Disc
2 x Soft Light box with reflector and stand
Trip expenses (7 day stay every trip for shooting)
Zagreb - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Zagreb - Sofia (Bulgaria)
Zagreb - Beograd (Serbia)
Zagreb - Split (Croatia)
Zagreb - Bijeljina (Bosna & Hercegovina)
Zagreb - Smolian (Bulgaria)
Zagreb - Athens (Greece)
Zagreb - Maribor (Slovenia)
Zagreb - Novi Sad (Serbia)
Zagreb - Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
|TYPE OF EXPENSE||WORKING HOURS||EXPENSE|
|Digitalization and archive development||400 hours - through all the project||3000 €|
|Coordinator of the project||1000 hours - through all the project||1500 €|
|Camera man||200 hours - from June 2020 until the end of shooting||1500 €|
|Script writing for all 12 episodes||500 hours - from January 2020||2000 €|
|Trip expenses and accommodation for the Crew (min. 2 persons)||10 cities x 7 days 20 hours of video shooting, 10 hours of interview preparation, 10 hours of archive selection (for each city)||7000 €|
|Graphic design for graphic elements and all printed materials||400 hours during all the project||1750 €|
|Video editing + color design||800 hours during all the projects||2000 €|
|Audio production, design and mastering||500 hours during all the project||2000 €|
|Print of all printed materials (booklet, posters, flayers)||-||700 €|
|Promotion materials and awards (t-shirts, DVD's, cups, etc...)||-||800 €|
|Additional equipment (Camera, tripods, storage, soft light boxes, etc...)||-||3250 €|
|Post office expenses for sending awards and materials world wide||-||500 €|
|Donation commission's and bank fees (12%)||3600 €|
|ALL TOGETHER||-------||29,550 €|
REWARDS FOR DONATIONS
For every a bit bigger donation we have some kind of reward toward donor, you can see categories of donations on the left side of the screen
Follow our updates, they will be edited as much as project funds will coming, and for all donors which donated in certain criteria they will be listed on all this new materials under the criteria of donation. This campaigning will go for longer time and lots of materials will be additionally posted when the time will come for that.