Hood film

Menace II Society (1993) film poster.

Hood film is a film genre originating in the United States, which features aspects of urban African-American or Hispanic-American culture such as hip hop music, street gangs, maras, racial discrimination, broken families, drug use and trafficking, illegal immigration into the United States and the problems of young men coming of age or struggling amid the relative poverty and violent gang activity within such neighborhoods.


Critic Murray Forman notes that the "spatial logic" of hip-hop culture, with heavy emphasis on place-based identity, locates "black youth urban experience within an environment of continual proximate danger", and this quality defines the hood film.[1] In a 1992 essay in Cineaction, Canadian critic Rinaldo Walcott identified the hood film's primary concerns as issues of masculinity and "(re)gaining manhood for black men".[2]

Films that fit these criteria include Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society. Among the directors who have made films in this genre are John Singleton, Mario Van Peebles, F. Gary Gray, Hughes Brothers, and Spike Lee. The genre has also been parodied with such films as Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. The genre reached the height of its popularity in the 90's due to the acclaim of films Boyz n the Hood, Juice and Menace II Society. With the plethora of films both dramas and comedies, hood films of the 90's are in a sense neo-Blaxploitation films.

Non-American hood films

A Jamaican film of this genre has been made, such as Shottas. City of God is a Brazilian film depicting life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. British films of this genre have also been made, such as Bullet Boy, Kidulthood, Adulthood, and the parody Anuvahood. The French films La Haine, Ma 6-T va crack-er, Yamakasi, and Banlieue 13 are also examples of this genre.

List of hood films






Snow on tha Bluff (2012) film poster.


See also


  1. Murray Forman (2002). The 'Hood Comes First: race, space, and place in rap and hip-hop. Wesleyan University Press.
  2. John McCullough (2006). "Rude and the Representation of Class Relations in Canadian Film". Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema. University of Toronto Press.


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