Dancehall is a dance style often criticised as being sexist by objectifying women. The documentary Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary convincingly shows that this is a misunderstanding. One of the interviewees pointedly compares the extravagance of dancehall with punk rock: these women are doing what they want, they feel liberated when they are dancing and the dance is an expression of who they are.
This dynamic documentary follows a number of women – from Japan, Italy, America, Poland, Spain and of course Jamaica – as they prepare for the International Dancehall Queen competition in Jamaica, the birthplace of dancehall. For these women, dancehall is also a way of escaping their backgrounds and pain – of temporarily being in a different world. They all have nicknames, and for some of them this has become a liberating alter ego. Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary portrays an energetic subculture bursting with 'female empowerment', in all its glory.
Part of Scopitone Cafe, an eclectic mix of documentaries about music and how it is
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