Daniel Krikke, 2018, 72 min.
Umar Bin Hassan hasn’t yet hit 70, but he walks with difficulty and there’s sadness and fatigue in his eyes. As a member of The Last Poets, a group of performance poets who expressed the progressive spirit of the times in the late 1960s, he was a major influence on later hip-hop artists. In one of his best-known pieces, “Ni***s Are Scared of Revolution,” he criticizes his black brothers’ destructive, macho behavior.
Scared of Revolution concentrates on Hassan’s personal life, in which he still fights his demons. He grew up poor with a violent, unpredictable father, which in turn left him with an inferiority complex. In the course of his adult life, he has had a string of bad relationships and left children without a father figure. In his darkest hour, he also battled a crack addiction. (2018, 72 min., DCP)
A Film Movement Release.
Q&A with director Daniel Krikke following the screening on Thursday, 8/15.
Q&As with Umar Bin Hassan following the screenings on Friday, 8/16 and Saturday, 8/17 at 7:30 PM.
Thursday, 8/15 – Tuesday, 8/20: 7:30 PM
Saturday, 8/17 & Sunday, 8/18: Additional Showtimes at 5 PM
Umar Bin Hassan [The Last Poets Performer] (b. 1948) is an African- American poet associated with The Last Poets. He sold his younger sister’s record player to purchase a bus ticket to New York City, where he joined the Last Poets. In the mid-1990s, he recorded a solo album titled Be-Bop or be Dead on Bill Laswell’s Axiom Records through Island/PolyGram. Critic Jason Ankeny wrote, “With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop.”