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DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation

Rebirth of a Nation by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, featuring Sound Impact

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:00 PM

Hip Hop Culture JFK Centennial Celebration

DJ Spooky's multimedia reimagining of the infamously racist 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, examines how "…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms."

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Conceived as a reimagining of director D.W. Griffith's infamously racist 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation is a culturally significant project that examines how "…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms."

Today, more than a century since the release of The Birth of a Nation, the project continues to be presented internationally, engaging audiences in themes of civil rights and freedom, seen through the lens of DJ Spooky's unique art of remixing. Dr. King once said that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice"--one of the drivers behind Miller's work is influenced by this. "I try to give people thought tools for mindfulness, or for thinking about the patterns we inhabit as not fixed of locked down, but changeable. It's the beauty of that, which makes life worth living."

The Kennedy Center debut of Rebirth of a Nation is a multimedia performance featuring a string quartet from D.C.-based music ensemble Sound Impact. Two violins, a viola, and a cello will accompany screen video projections, controlled live on stage by DJ Spooky.
Recommended for age 16 & up.

Following the performance, join DJ Spooky for a free moderated discussion about the work with Gregory McGruder, Vice President, Live Events at National Geographic. 

Performance Timing: 1 hour, 45 minutes, with no intermission.

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DJ Spooky's "Rebirth of a Nation"