Word is bond
a short movie by Alex Mastoon
HIP-HOP'S BEST-KEPT SECRET... CAN YOU REALLY FIT INTO A WORLD YOU LOVE SO MUCH WHEN THAT WORLD REFUSES TO ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE?
Word Is Bond isn't a film about Hip-Hop, and it's not just about brotherhood. The idea for Word Is Bond came to writer and director Alexandra Mastoon when she was just 10, watching music videos on MTV in the twilight of rap's golden era: the late 90's. Rewinding to that time to set the stage, we follow a day in the life of an upcoming LA rapper named Tracey, his crew's best bet at stardom. While your word is your bond, it is your secrets that can threaten everything.
Word Is Bond is really about the struggle shared by so many who feel they need to hide their sexuality in order to be accepted, a story which still goes largely ignored - especially in the rap world. Not only do we want to start a conversation with this film, we want to raise our voices for everyone to whom this common predicament speaks - whatever their reasons may be.
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Photography by Jaan Kristjan Utno