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Sasha Dees and Philip Powel founded Black Soil, the first International Hip Hop Film Festival in Europe in 2003

Black Soil Festival ran annually for 6 editions last in December 2008 and took place in Rotterdam and in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well in Amsterdam.

Black Soil's scope was across the board and puts Hip Hop into a broader perspective. Next to the presentation of movies inspired by DJs, graffiti, MCs and break dancers, movies derived from Hip Hop were shown, as well as movies which have served as a source of inspiration to Hip Hop artists and to movie directors. In addition to films, Black Soil offered an extensive program, including i.e. panel discussions, exhibitions and  battles,  concerts and after parties with prominent DJs, MC's and B-boyz and girlzzz. 

Next to the festival Sasha Dees and Philip Powel curate (inter)nationally in different venues and as part of festivals upon request!  Black Soil advised, and/or curated programs in worldwide events, including URB & Rokkimentti (Finland), BASS & Rising Styles (UK); Cinema Roma, Lezarts Urbains &Cinema Nova (B); Filmhuis Den Haag, Rotown, Filmhuis 't Hoogt, Bo! Zo Cultuur Amsterdam Zuidoost & Streetscience (NL), Hiphopfilmfestival, H2O & Black Lily (US); ROTL (Germany), Soundflame (Bulgaria) and COX18 (Italy). For links to these festivals go to "filmmaker".

Next Black Soil presents events:

11-15 November: Rokkimentti, Joensoe Finland

Black Soil: a John106 production