Style Wars is a Hip Hop documentary that follows the rise of the golden age. Essentially it captures the essence of New York's old school uprising and colourful history while also focusing on the birth of graffiti as an art form.
This film from the 1980s packs heaps of artwork into 70 minutes as it follows the lives of gifted writers around the train systems of NY. Going into the mind of these artist, its clear to see that living for your artwork and expressing yourself is more important than getting caught. The documentary also includes interviews with the local law enforcement that believe graffiti as an act of vandalism. And they fail terribly with attempts to restrict this iconic movement.
Deep in the roots of this movie are the core elements of true Hip Hop. From the B-Boy breaks to the great soundtrack with pioneers such as Grand Master Flash and The Sugarhill Gang, its only too easy to wish that you could have been part of such an era.
I would definitely recommend anyone to get a hold of this great documentary even if you are not entirely interested in Hip Hop.
Song in the trailer is "8th Wonder" by the Sugarhill Gang