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About the Movie
In the follow-up to the explosive global graffiti documentary "Bomb It," director Jon Reiss takes audiences to previously unexplored areas of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia on a hunt for innovative street art and artists. Bomb It 2 explores the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Using an ultra compact camera and sound package, Reiss travelled by himself to film artists and writers representing a wide range of cultures, styles and beliefs including Klone, Know Hope, Great Bates, Twoone, Darbotz, Killer Gerbil and Zero, Bon, Alex Face, Sloke, Husk Mit Navn, Ash, Phibs, Stormie Mills, Beejoir, Zero Cents, Vexta, MIC, and Xeme, and many more. In the Middle East, Reiss talks with Muhnned Alazzh in the West Bank where Alazzh emphasizes the cultural and political significance of writing on the wall in the Palestinian refugee camps. In Jakarta, Indonesia, Darbotz's work is heavily influenced by his study of semiotics. Instead of applying a signature to his pieces, Darbotz paints his signature squid monsters in black and white, to distinguish them from the explosion of color on the Jakarta streets. In Singapore, Reiss connects with street artists Zero and Killer Gerbil, who explain the paradox of doing graffiti in one of the most highly policed states in the world. Bomb It 2 seeks out what is unique about each artist - whether it be how their mother took them out to graffiti as a child, if and what they are trying to communicate to their audiences, or how their culture and language affect their work causing them to break from western graffiti and street art traditions. However in each city one of the constants of graffiti exists - the need to express oneself in public and the addictive nature of getting up!
Tag along with Jon Reiss...
…on a journey around the world with some fresh graff artists in places you'd never think they'd be. It's fun. Loved that it's very political without being biased or preachy, nice to see what is happening on both sides of the apartheid wall in Palestine, as well as learning about what's going on in places there are not really in the news such as Denmark, Australia, HK and Singapore. Really enjoyed the way the issues are discussed more through the art itself, rather than by what the artists themselves say about it. Highly visual and dynamic, i hope to watch it on a big cinema screen sometime.
A whole new world of "bombing"
Jon Reiss is back at it with a follow-up to Bomb It, his hugely successful indie doc. Bomb It 2 finds Reiss exploring new territory -- indigenous street art scenes around the globe, from the streets of Singapore (interesting, considering that chewing gum is actually illegal there -- hard to imagine what the authorities would do to a graffiti artist) to Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. If you liked the first film, you'll love this one, too. A great insight into a world of artists who often keep their identities hidden, while making their art in the most public places possible.
Reiss comes back even stronger
A nice follow up to "Bomb It" that travels all over the world. I appreciate all the different cultures and artists throughout the film. Graffiti has never been a subject I sought information on but the film makes me feel differently. These artists risk it all for their work, and in some places they risk everything, so they can be seen by others to tell a story, send a message, or to bring something new to the community. Jon Reiss covers the globe and there's some phenomenal artwork throughout. The film has a nice rhythm and great, amazing interviewees.
Fantastic variety, tons of passionate artists, and a subject that this film does a good job of showcasing.