Freedom or Everybody Dies is a 5-minute mixed media short that blends photography, video and music to tell the real story of hip-hop’s present generation. Focusing on the subculture that takes place in many of America’s inner cities, Freedom or Everybody Dies is comprised of 500 still photos and 3 minutes of video footage synchronized to a score that highlights the intensity of the images.
Shot in and around the now defunct Arcadian Gardens, a subsidized housing project in East Orange, New Jersey, the short film gives a glimpse into the lives of the children and young adults who lived there. With B.L.O.O.D. red as the backdrop, director Akintola Hanif | Hyze, presents a very real image of the gang presence and culture within “The Bity”, as Arcadian Gardens is known to it’s former residents.