Grooving to your own beat.
There is a reason why many Filipino American DJs are in the hip-hop community today. Because the fundamental elements have been an integral part of their culture and lifestyle for years. From the 80’s and 90’s, turntables, microphones, and breakdancing defined the typical young Filipino American growing up around San Francisco and Los Angeles. While other genres also influenced the community, hip-hop reigned supreme and continues to be a big part of their lifestyle today.
In this short film written and directed by Marie Jamora, a young Vanessa yearns to escape her strict daily ritual and follow her own beat. Her older brother and his friends have taken a side hustle by performing as DJs in various gigs, and Vanessa soon learns she has the skills to be a DJ too. “Flip the Record” is set in 1984 Daly City, from the fashion, slang, and music, it’s definitely a nostalgic trip. Watch the film below as part of the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival. Also, be sure to peep the cameo from DJ Icy Ice of The World Famous Beat Junkies Crew.