Shot between 1981 and 1983 and aired on PBS, Style Wars is remarkable as a relatively early filmed document of hip-hop culture at its source and an intelligent defense of an oft-maligned and misunderstood art form, graffiti.
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I've read about this phenomenon in "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell before; and the story told in that book comes from the New York City government's point of view. However, this film has shown me a new perspective of New York's hip-hop and graffiti culture in the 80s. It is interesting to see both sides of the story.