The year of New Zealand Film continues, with the release of this heart-warming little documentary.
Hip Hop-eration follows a hip hop dance crew from their humble Waiheke Island beginnings and on their often perilous and certainly hilarious journey to perform at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.
Inspiring enough, but these hip-hoppers are no spring chickens, most in their 80s and 90s, and the challenges they face make for an entirely different kind of dance film.
It's the people here and their personal stories which resonant from the screen, including the indomitable Billie Jordan, the young woman who inspires them all to think beyond their walking sticks and hip operations.
What a life-affirming little film this is, a truly kiwi can-do story full to the brim with personality. A little trimming and tightening to the storytelling here and there would have elevated the experience, but this is a really enjoyable watch.
:: Director: Bryn Evans
:: Starring: Elderly hip hop dancers
:: Rating: PG - Parental Guidance Advised
:: Running Time: 1hr 33 mins
:: Release Date: September 25, 2014
source: newshub archive