LET’S GET THE RHYTHM: The Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack

Director(s): Irene Chagall & Steve Zeitlin
Country: United States
Language: In English
Documentary | 2014 | 60 min
Genre: Historical
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: slightly mature content brought up in some hand games, drug references)

Reading the title might make you clap hands with your neighbor in time to the well-known chant. This wonderful documentary explores this rhythmic rite of passage, usually between young girls, in the US and around the world. Contemporary and historical footage are intertwined creating what some admiringly refer to as “hand graffiti,” “jazz of the streets” and “percussive poetry.”   As it swings between games and interviews with young girls, LET’S GET THE RHYTHM has a beat; its incandescent musicality brings this hand-clapping universe to life!

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