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  • Summary: Young Rebels follows seven Cuban hip-hop artists and producers over the course of a Havana summer. Battling on the stage or at home, the characters' personal travels collide in a summer of explosive concerts, intense debate, unbearable heat, and rising tensions as government agencies begin to institutionalize hip-hop's street roots. (Gowanus Productions) Expand
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  1. An eye-opening movie, both socially and politically.
  2. 75
    A labor of love, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone who wants to stay ahead of the hip-hop curve.
  3. Though it could do with fewer talking-head interviews and more extended clips from these impassioned live performances, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba.
  4. 60
    The documentary is short, vividly shot, and packed with interviews in which desperate young men and women let loose their personal philosophies. In fact, there's so much philosophizing that there's not much time left for rap.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Christgau
    At least as sharp as "Buena Vista Social Club."
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    In striving simultaneously to cover the transplanted rap scene, sample a wide range of groups, and give an unbiased picture of Cuban society, helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have hitherto worked in short-form, blur the overall shape of their picture.