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Say My Name
A film by Nirit Peled
US/UK, 2009, 73 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W09970
In a hip hop and R&B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of SAY MY NAME speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban culture and musical movement, from hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London’s Eastside, to Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A., and points in between.

Featuring interviews and musical performances from a diverse cast of women that includes Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle, as well as newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible and Miz Korona, this powerful documentary delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood. The more than 18 artists featured in SAY MY NAME battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. From emerging artists filled with new creativity, to true pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.


Word Beats & Life Film Festival, Jury Award

  • South by Southwest Film Festival
  • AFI Dallas Int’l Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
  • Black Lilly Film & Music Festival
  • St. Louis Int’l Film Festival
  • International Black Women’s Film Festival
  • Women of Color Arts Film Festival
  • Citizen Jane Film Festival
  • Roxbury Film Festival
  • Fusion Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    “Say My Name is a call for recalibration of the control masculine rhetoric has within and around hip hop…[and] a desperately needed call and response to reclaim a female space for hip hop.”
    Adam Hartzell
    Hell on Frisco Bay

    “Relevant and important in the continuing and evolving discourse on hip hop in American culture…The young women are the vanguard for the next generation of artists not afraid to say things that others may be thinking.”
    Michael Dinwiddie
    Assoc. Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

    “A gripping view of the world of women in hip-hop…. [P]oignant.”
    Nicole Hodges Persley
    Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Kansas

    “A compelling documentary on women in hip-hop…rarely didactic and never plodding or obvious…a joy to watch.”
    Leonard Pierce
    A.V. Club

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    Say My Name is included in the following Special Collections.
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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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