April 5, 2023
Tou SaiKo Lee
Tou SaiKo Lee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 21, 2016) — The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents First Thursday Films @ the Capri presents We Rock Long Distance, a locally-produced film featuring three Minnesota hip-hop artists with roots far beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

The movie screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway in North Minneapolis, 55411.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance online at www.mspfilm.org or at the door.

We Rock Long Distance, directed by local filmmaker Justin Schell, weaves together the sounds and stories of M.anifest, Maria Isa and Tou SaiKo Lee as they journey home to Ghana, Puerto Rico and Thailand to create unique and unexpected connections across generations and geography.

You’ll see M.anifest travel to Ghana where he connects with hip-life artists from across the country, performs in front of his family for the first time and explores connections with his world-renowned grandfather, the composer, poet, and scholar J. H. Kwabena Nketia. 

Maria Isa traces her musical and familial genealogy from San Juan and Loiza to the campos of Vega Baja, exploring the links between hip-hop, reggaeton, and the folkloric arts of bomba and plena which she grew up performing in Puerto Rico. 

In Thailand, We Rock Long Distance follows Tou SaiKo Lee’s ongoing work using hip-hop and poetry to create new and stronger bonds between Hmong Americans and Hmong in Southeast Asia, as well as between youth and elders – some of whom have never heard of hip-hop.

This is a story of music, home, tradition, and family that resonates long after the recording sessions have ended and the planes have departed.

Make First Thursday Films a must-see, must-do on the first Thursday of every month and invite your friends and neighbors to join you.  It’s great fun watching movies at the Capri (many of you may have fond memories of its earlier movie-house days), and there’s always a good conversation after the films led by Craig Rice, First Thursday Films programmer for the Film Society. 

A full schedule and more information on the series is available at www.thecapritheater.org

and www.mspfilm.org or contact Craig Rice, at 612-685-9114, [email protected], or James Scott, Director of the Capri, 612-643-2024, [email protected].

Two Calendar Items

#1:  Freedom of Xpression @ the Capri with Host, Desdamona

Featured Guest: Al Taw’am, plus Women’s History Month Celebration

Bring your art to the Capri’s stage!  All ages, all genres. 

Monday, March 7 (and continuing on the first Monday of every month)

6 – 8 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 for registration and on-stage rehearsal.

Free @ the Capri, 2027 West Broadway, North Minneapolis, 55411.

More information:  James Scott, Director of the Capri Theater, [email protected], 612-643-2024.

#2:  Camp Capri/Third Saturdays

Arts camp for students in Grade 5 – 8 led by Capri Artistic Associate, Dennis Spears

Saturday, March 19

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free @ the Capri, 2027 West Broadway in North Minneapolis, 55411. 

Registration, more information: www.thecapritheater.org.

Contacts:  Camp Capri Company Manager Kiana Batteau, [email protected], or the Director of the Capri Theater, James Scott, [email protected], 612-643-2024. 

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota though a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Camp Capri is also funded by The Carolyn Foundation.

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