Keep It Moving chronicles Chicago Hip-Hop Initiative’s 2-week tour of Cote d’Ivoire where they were hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan. Completely shot with 2 Flip HD video recorders and 2 smartphones, this independently produced documentary showcases hip-hop artists and local music from around Cote d’Ivoire, and takes audiences on a road trip like no other. From a weaving village cooperative to a night club where hip-hop isn’t allowed, to help inspire a whole cultural movement… These 3-artists wind up affecting more change than anyone could have ever imagined.
In August of 2010 Amina, Coolout Chris, and Ang13, three grassroots hip-hop artists from Chicago, were selected as United States Cultural Envoys by the U.S. Department of State. Representing the ‘Chicago Hip-Hop Initiative’ an artist collective, these artists visited 7 regions of the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) performing, conducting workshops, and initiating dialogue on the many ways hip-hop can be used to promote and affect progressive social change. What follows is a cultural exchange, that changes everyone’s life forever! The Americans don’t speak French. Most of the Ivorians they meet don’t speak English, but fortunately for everyone, they all speak HIP-HOP!