Interrupt This Program
Interrupt This Program uncovers the underground arts
scenes in cities that have experienced major traumas: natural disasters,
long-term war, political unrest or economic meltdown. This series documents the
creative underbellies of five unique cities, each facing its own set of
challenges: Beirut, Kiev, Athens, Port-au-Prince and Medellin. In each episode,
we meet three or four young, determined local artists (plus one Canadian ex-pat
to offer an outsider's perspective) who are committed to making art that elicits
change, displays courage or protests their city's political and societal status
In Beirut: a writer, a graffiti artist, a hip-hop artist
and a Baladi (belly) dancer embody art as protest in a post-civil war city
divided by religion.
In Kiev: a poet, a rocker and a performance artist
continue to push creative boundaries in a city that is struggling in the wake
of the Euromaidan Revolution.
In Athens: a photographer, an electronic pop band, a
mural artist and a writer demonstrate how art is a means of survival in the
midst of a city under economic crisis.
In Port-au-Prince: a radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday
singer and a creole rapper showcase the emerging and subversive sounds and
images of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
In Medellin, once considered the most dangerous
place in the world, a rapper, a musician, a filmmaker and an urban planner take
us on a tour of their city, currently experiencing a cultural renaissance.