United States, 2008 | 96 min. | Dir. Lance Hammer
Boys in the Wood. Thatâ€™s one way to think about this film. Set in the Mississippi Delta, the source of American popular music, it has this as its most impressive achievement: Itâ€™s a film about black Americans with no black music. Thereâ€™s a storyâ€”the death of a twin brother, a failed suicide attempt, a mother struggling to keep a job and her 12-year-old son out of troubleâ€”but no music scores the story. The lack of a soundtrack (hiphop, blues, jazz) reveals the source of black musicâ€”the black voice itself. Often itâ€™s hard to understand what is being said but the music of black English is heard and felt. Ballast is a powerful film.
by CHARLES MUDEDE”
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