Simon Rasing | Colombia 2013 | 22 Min. | OmeU

Hip-Hop, mi desahogo (Hip-Hop, my release) is a short documentary about the influence Hip-Hop has on three young men in a Colombian prison. Western media often depict Latin American prisons as overcrowded and badly facilitated, but Hip-Hop, mi desahogo shows a different kind of prison, where only minor offenders such as drug traffickers and thieves are accepted. 

When shown good behaviour, inmates are allowed to sign in for workshops that are developed to help them resocialize. One of these is a music/hip-hop workshop, in which Alma Negra, DJ Roky and New York participate. For two hours a day they get to leave the courtyard and are allowed to write and practice their hip-hop in a separate, private room.  

This room is a place where they can escape from prison and emerge themselves fully into the world of music. They can express themselves through their songs, relieve themselves from their frustrated feelings and share their experiences with others. Hip-Hop, mi desahogo (Hip-Hop, my release) shows how Alma Negra, DJ Roky and New York practice their rap and their desire to share it with the world.