Filmmaker Explores Hip-Hop Culture

University Communications
Nov. 1, 2005

Rachel Raimist is a filmmaker, scholar, educator, hip-hop feminist, activist, community organizer and mother. She is best known for her documentary, "Nobody Knows My Name," about women in hip-hop. She also shot two award-winning films, "Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme" and "Estilo Hip Hop."

Raimist sees film as a powerful medium with revolutionary potential. For her, at the heart of revolution is the power of a story, so she finds the courage to tell hers.

"Nobody Knows My Name," is about women connected by their love for hip-hop music. Through her focus on a fascinating and diverse feminist community, which yearns to find a place in a male dominated subculture that is, in itself, marginalized, Raimist empowers these self-actualized women by giving them voice for which they struggle.

Raimist actively presents her work at conferences across the country, lecturing about hip hop feminism, critical media literacy, and the need for women to empower themselves. She writes freelance for independent magazines including Blu Magazine, The Cipher, Shadowbox, Red Eye, and Culture Magazine.

She has a bachelor's and a master's degree in directing from UCLA, and is pursuing a doctorate in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

This presentation is made possible through financial support from the Hanson Film Institute, the UA department of media arts and the Media Arts Visiting Filmmakers Program which receives financial support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

For more information contact Daniel J. King, 520-626-1405,

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"Nobody Knows My Name" Film by Rachel Raimist


Harvill Building, Room 150


Monday, Nov. 14, 4-6:30 p.m.


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