"1 World Under a Groove" is a Documentary that was shot during the international Youth Exchange "Hip Hop For Euromed" in Rome, organized with C.e.m.e.a del Mezzogiorno Onlus. The exchange involved young b-boys and b-girls from 5 different countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area: Morocco (with Lhiba Kingzoo), Tunisia (with Upper Underground Crew), France, Poland and Italy (with mixed crews).
The film documents the various stages of the exchange, the preparation for the final show, and collects the personal testimonies of the participants, which thought interviews share their commitment to the supranational Hip Hop culture and the social utility that its able to operate in the most different realities.
"HIP HOP for EuroMed" has been a youth exchange in which dance has worked as an allegory for the common language in the evolution process of the Hip Hop movement inside the Euro-Mediterranean area. This exchange aimed at the discovery of the evolution of Hip Hop culture between youngsters coming from European and Mediterranean countries, contextualizing common developments and diversities as part of intercultural dialogue through art expression.
Through the whole process, the participants had the chance to re-discover their own cultural roots, to experience them from a different perspective (the hip hop), to share them with people from other countries and, in the last phase, to build a common project that represented every individual contribution, in front of an audience, with a show during the break dance contest "Funky Afternoon 2".
The main objectives of the exchange were to ease a positive and durable approach to learning through the Hip Hop thematic, close to the young participants, in a non-formal educational context; its goal was also to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and skills through the peer education and to stimulate a reflection about the diversities existing in the Euro-Mediterranean dimension nowadays, focusing on the related values through the discover of the traditional cultures present in the exchange. The crossing of bodies and common rhythm symbolized the creative bridges between the different countries and cultures, valorising the individual role in the intercultural dialogue process.
Furthermore, "Hip Hop for Euromed" took place in that particular historical moment of instability and ferment in the northern African area known as "Arab spring", and represented a chance for the b-boys that came from those regions to confront themselves with other peers in a different context about a thematic as Hip Hop, while bringing important information about the situation to youngster of other countries.
Through the exchange, the youngsters from the Euro-Mediterranean region directed the social tensions they were living in a positive and artistic way, developing their passion. Hip Hop turned to be a container of educational non-formal and informal experiences, a tool to be used by the participants to promote themselves, a communicational channel towards the others.
Around the group of participants, during the exchange, a big part of the Roman Hip Hop community self-activated, "Shea 99" an old school italian b-boy proposed himself to support the participants in the creation of the performance, giving them his advices and suggestions.
A team of professional video-makers led by Matteo De Angelis from "Terra" and coordinated by "Badu Bros" (the section of the independent production Baburka that deals hip hop related projects), in the person of Giulia Giorgi, have documented the whole exchange.
Camera: Matteo De Angelis
Concept & Art Direction Giulia Giorgi
Original Music Luca Mandrucci
Editing Francesca Spinozzi
Post Audio Carlo Venezia
Color Correction Jessica Corrao
Graphics Paolo Colasanti