Kings County Cinema Society Presents:
Bikelordz | Dir. Mikey Hart | 16min | US/Ghana | 2011 | English (with subtitles)
Synopsis: “Bikelordz is a short documentary about the self-taught, self-invented bicycle culture that kids in Ghana have created. It follows crews of these young BMX gurus as they try and use their skills to make money, gain recognition and live on their own terms. Filmed on the streets of Accra in 2007, Bikelordz features a soundtrack of all Ghanaian music and shows a side of the city never before seen beyond its limits. A feature adaptation is currently in the works.”
Bikelordz world premiered at the 2011 Bicycle Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives.
Vice Guide to the Congo | Dir: Jason Mojica | DVD | 38:37 | Democratic Republic of the Congo | 2011 | English, Congolese (subtitled in English) & Swahili (subtitled in English)
Vice founder Suroosh Alvi travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo and makes one of the most grueling treks of his life to see first-hand where this so-called “conflict mineral” comes from and to meet some of the rebels involved in the seemingly never-ending conflict in Eastern Congo.
North Korean Labor Camps | Dir: Jason Mojica | DVD | 39:36 | North Korea | 2011 | English & Korean (subtitled in English)
VICE founder Shane Smith traveled to far east Russia to uncover what was rumored to be a series of miniature North Koreas dotting the Siberian landscape. Reaching these logging camps, however, forced Shane and the VICE crew onto the revered trans-siberian railway, which turned out to be a long overheated journey with a bunch of drunk Russians. After tussling with a gang of teenage thugs hopped up on the train's generous supply of vodka, Shane de-boarded and entered into Tynda, the gateway to the world of North Korean loggers. With the help of the local police chief and the local mob, he found his way through the woods to the site where Kim Jong-Il and President Medvedev have conspired to let North Koreans raze the Taiga forest.
Q&A with director/producer Jason Mojica