MTV is full of misogynistic hip-hop videos of male rappers that degrade women and women hip-hop artists whose success seem to have more to do with their sex appeal and looks than talent. The image of hip-hop in media is a mass circulation of negative images of women, insistent on deleting women off the history of the genre and that it is a macho genre belonging to and dominated by heterosexual men. Within this context of commercialization, female artists’ messages are ignored and only their sexuality seems to be exploited. In Nobody Knows My Name, however, we can encounter the frank, in-your-face hip-hop lives of underground women hip-hop artists of different ethnic, economical and generational backgrounds but whose passion for the genre is the uniting factor. They live their lives ‘through hip-hop’ so their passionate, challenging and proud attitude is a source of energy to change their lives but sometimes, because of this, they experience setbacks and even suffering. They violently criticize the mainstream hip-hop, refuse pointblank to avail themselves it, never giving up their belief in what they’re doing. Their hip-hop is an alternative to the male centered version. Nobody Knows My Name is an opportunity to think about how women can practice their feminist beliefs and give voice to themselves in male centered cultural environments and cultural industries.
Rachel RaimistRachel Raimist
Born in New York. Rachel Raimist received her B.A. in Film and Television in 1995 and her M.F.A. in Film Directing in 1999 at the UCLA. She runs her own independent production company, Unleashed Entertainment, which is a collective of independent artists she has brought together to produce positive entertainment. She is in pre-production on her next film, a personal diary documentary called Digging Up Roots, tracing the blood that flows from mother to daughter to daughter.