The U-M Residential College welcomes
Element 3
Artists-in-Residence • Sept. 25-Sept.29,2006
documentary film. . . hip hop. . . breakdancing. . . workshops. . . dialogue. . .
The University of Michigan Residential College will host a week long Artists-in-Residence program, bringing Element-3, a multicultural youth group, including film makers, rap/hip-hop musicians and break dancers from Germany. The goal of the residency is to encourage opportunities for intercultural exchange among youth, and to reflect on the ways that the arts may heighten awareness of interactions between dominant and non-dominant cultures. The program will feature the US premieres of two documentary films by Margarethe Mehring-Fuchs and Stephan Laur, one 60-minute documentary: Die Judenschublade (The Jews Drawer) (2005) about young Jews in Germany today and a 30-minute film: Zwischen Rap und Ramadan (Between Rap and Ramadan) about young Muslims in Germany today (2003). (Both films are in German with English subtitles.)

Following the screening of Zwischen Rap und Ramadan (Friday night, Sept. 29) there will be a live hip hop music and break dance performance by Element-3, whose music and dancing is featured in both films, and a discussion with the audience about issues of belonging and citizenship in the contemporary world. The ensemble has performed widely in Germany, including German TV and at major youth festivals and hip hop competitions. They have received accolades from the German press, from schools and from anti-discrimination groups in Germany. Sponsored by the Residential College, the LSA Dean's Office, RC “Deutsches Theater” and Arts at Michigan (Public Goods). For more information about class visits, workshops, and local performances by the group, contact Janet Hegman Shier (647-4378) or check the web site:

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