In this film, artists, singers, emcees, activists, poets and writers come together in an explosive exploration of feminine creation. Each lady brings to the screen her innermost struggles in an attempt to outline the obstacles that face the female artist. "The Art of Love and Struggle" navigates the challenges of poverty, politics and personal sacrifice and explores love, identity and urban culture.
“I loved the film. I was extremely impressed, and it exceeded my already high expectations. I loved the message, the passion, and the desire to change the current human perspective. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family, and would never limit it to only hip-hop fans. The message speaks to everyone."
- David Applebaum
"Despite identifying with the voice of independence, empowerment and social justice hip hop provides, women artists are largely invisible to wider audiences. This documentary film by New York filmmaker Jessica Habie provides a format for 14 women to tell their personal stories about the obstacles and struggles to be acknowledged as hip hop artists…The personal diaries and extended interviews with these women are fascinating…listening to these voices and seeing the work of these women provides a new perspective and awareness about what's going on in this influential culture."
- Linda Frederikson, WSU, Vancouver, WA, Educational Media Reviews Online
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TWN acknowledges that in New York we are on the unceded territory of the Lenni Lenape,
Canarsie, Shinecock, and Munsee peoples and challenges the harm that continues to
be inflicted upon Indigenous and People of Color communities here and abroad,
which is why we all need to be part of the struggle for rights, equality and justice.
TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council
on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Color Congress, MOSAIC, New York Community Trust, Peace Development Fund,
Humanities NY, Ford Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and individual donors.