Behind Those Books Documentary



(February 1, 2011)

The infamous adage, “If you want to hide something from people, put it in a book or put it in writing,” couldn’t be further from the truth when dealing with the street literature genre.

Never has there been such praise and condemnation for one form of literature.

“Behind Those Books” reflects the harsh and unpleasant realities of inner-cities across the United States and sheds light on the rationale for these stories to be told.

It doesn’t stop there. The viewer is taken on a journey that tackles social issues that have been brought to the forefront as a result of this art form.

The urban and hip-hop cultures have discussed this topic but it has never been given the attention that it deserves on such a grand scale until now.

The first and only comprehensive documentation on film of this controversial genre, gives viewers a raw and uncensored look inside this emerging industry.

The film chronicles the evolution of the gritty street tale through interviews with pioneer authors, publishers, industry insiders, fans, activists, hip hop artists, book clubs, editors, literary agents and vendors.

“I am an abandoned child. My mother was a whore. And the things I saw through these eyes, no child should have to witness or experience. So am I wrong for writing about my life that I saw?”
Treasure Blue.

“Behind Those Books” is a documentary that is guaranteed to change the perception of some and challenge how others feel about tales of street life in the inner-cities.

However, the importance of supporting and promoting literature cannot be overlooked. The film promises to be a great socially relevant historical piece that will be referenced for years to come.

The extended 13-minute trailer was recently released via the Internet and has generated a viral buzz and has garnered much praise. We would love to share this great documentary with your readers.

Please view the trailer at:

I’ll remain hopelessly bipolar,
Che’ xoxo


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