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One9, Time is Illmatic, 2014

Cinemania: Time is Illmatic

11 Mar 2015

This screening will be introduced by Colm Forde, director of Doc 'n Roll Festival.

Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

Time is Illmatic tracks the musical legacy of the Jones family, handed down to Nas from his jazz musician father, Olu Dara. It also examines the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas’ worldview.

Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Nas—with the support of his Queensbridge neighbourhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jones—overcame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hop’s second golden era.

This screening forms part of Cinemania, a series of inspiring film screenings and talks for young people, taking place at 12 cinemas across London.

Find out more on the Cinemania website, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Time is Illmatic, dir. One9, USA 2014, 74 mins. cert. 15

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Cinemania is presented by Picturehouse and Film Hub London. Managed by Film London, the Hub is a proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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