with Joseph Kahn
With Bodied, Joseph Kahn takes the gonzo, in-your-face style he developed with his music videos and features Torque and Detention, and uses it to create a film that roasts every current hot topic.
Adam is a grad student like any other. He’s polite, aware of his position as a white, middle-class liberal and almost apologetic for his privilege. He obsessively and academically digs into his thesis subject of battle rap, but when a chance encounter in a garage sees him actually entering the arena himself as a word warrior, he discovers something within himself that he never knew existed. Freed from the shackles of his timidity, Adam refashions himself into a fierce competitor on the scene…
Incendiary, whip-smart and endlessly challenging, Bodied is Joseph Kahn throwing down questions that have dominated the cultural discourse, illuminating them with battle rap scenes that crackle with energy, authenticity and the brutality of great action sequences. Khan mixes in terrific performances and an inverse hero’s journey designed to make you cheer and recoil in equal measure, and ends up with a film worthy of the debate it’s designed to generate. (Evrim Ersoy, Fantastic Fest)
After event Q&A with Joseph Kahn hosted by Bun B.
NARRATIVE, USA, 2017
DIRECTED BY: JOSEPH KAHN
CAST: CALUM WORTHY, JACKIE LONG, RORY UPHOLD
RUNNING TIME: 120 MINS