This Is the Life
This Is the Life (2007)

Explore the origins of contemporary hip-hop as filmmaker Ava DuVernay takes viewers back to 1989, when a group of L.A. teenagers made it their mission to expand the musical boundaries of hip-hop. Every week, the teens would gather in a… More

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DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
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Andrew Barker

A sharp, thoroughly enjoyable exploration of seminal South Los Angeles hip-hop hotspot the Good Life Cafe.

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Kam Williams

Some serious props are in order for Ava Duvernay for making this overdue tribute to a generation of gifted youngsters from L.A. whose seminal contributions to hip-hop deserve to be acknowledged, albeit belatedly.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

It's rare that being schooled so deeply is so pleasurable.

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Georgia Straight

There's a slew of unmissable films at this year's DOXA, and this insanely inspiring effort is easily one of them.

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