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Mavis Staples, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Nas. Three amazing artists, all of whom have been pioneers in their respective genre and each of them has a wonderful documentary in Viddla!
Mavis Staples was with the rest of her family and the band The Staple Singers the foundation for the soul and pop music that peaked the lists in the USA starting the early 60's. In the documentary Mavis! legends like Bob Dylan, Prince and Levon Helm help to tell the story of the singer.
Another artist that was as influential as Mavis but in another genre is the rapper Nas. In 1994, he debuted with the album Illmatic, which many today still hold as the best hip-hop album throughout the ages. Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, and Busta Rhymes are some of the colleagues who, together with Nas, give an impression of how he influenced the music style that dominates the American music world.
Within the art of photography, few have been as controversial and provocative, but also loved, as Robert Mapplethorpe. His close friends Patti Smith and Debbie Harry often stood as a motif in front of his camera and contribute to this documentary, which Malin Krutmeijer, Sydsvenskan, calls "a fascinating portrait of both a sensitive and tough artist and his pictures."
Would you rather go into the world of fiction, we recommend the French action-thriller Scribe with Francois Cluzet (The Intouchables, Irreplaceable) in the lead role, or the critically acclaimed drama Mommy who won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.