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Culture Spotlight Featuring Linh Manh Tong

Linh Tong owns a production house in Vietnam, Min Production. He has directed many music videos over the years in Vietnam. TikTok Rollie is the first video he's directed that is seen by many international film judges. He loves the creative process involved in TikTok Rollie because the storyline is very different from what he used to do before.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? It was fantastic. I got to see so much great work from many different teams to appreciate the excellent work done by the festival. The Venue was appropriate, the check-in process was smoothly and professionally run.

Why are stories from the culture important? They are important because in order for the world to understand what hip hop culture is about we, the creators, must be able to tell our stories visually, musically, and narratively. That's what films can do and to that end we over here at Urban Fu$e chose to tell our story with music, visuals and a strong storyline.

What projects are you working on now? We're working on a short film similar to TikTok Rollie for our next released song.

Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Both are important because it is an ecosystem that nurtures talents for years to come. Without this ecosystem creators would have no platforms to showcase their work, get their stories heard and facilitate a meaningful discussion between the non-hip hop culture and hip hop culture groups. After all, hip hop culture is the late bloomer having been born just less than 50 years ago so it still has a lot of opportunities to be known by the mainstream public, which often misunderstand it as being a very violent culture, which is further from the truth.

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