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Black Picket Fence (2002)
Starring: Mel, Tislam Milliner, Kool G. Rap
Director: Sergio Goes
Category: Documentary, Independent
Studio: Image Ent.
93 mins



The quest for survival sometimes triumphs over dreams.

Tiz has a dream. He wants to be a successful hip-hop rapper, get out of the projects and have a nice house in the suburbs where he can chill without worrying about a bullet in his back. But at 25, with a young son and close friends depending on him, is real escape ever possible?

Black Picket Fence is award-winning filmmaker Sergio Goes' hard-hitting documentary about Tislam Miller, a struggling rapper living in the public housing projects of Brooklyn's East New York, one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. Mentored by the legendary Kool G Rap, Tiz is making impressive strides in his career, but remains tied to his old life, primarily through his drug-dealing best friend, Mel, who has just gotten out of prison.

Culled from nearly two years of filming, the documentary's candid interviews, lyrical moments of grim beauty and powerful verite footage take us beyond the usual stereotypes of the rap world. Honored by the Brooklyn International Film Festival for Best Score, Black Picket Fence is an inspiring story of hope and survival.


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