For the course Connecting Dreams: Europe in Africa, Africa in Europe, taught at Leiden University, Ruben van Gaalen went on a ten-day trip to Dublin with a camera to interview and film three local hip-hop artists who were born in Africa, but raised in Ireland. This resulted in Fruitful Roots: African Immigrants in Irish hip-hop, a short film and accompanying essay that analyses connectivity in the expression of the self through music. Fruitful Roots is Ruben’s first film project.

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A short film about three African hiphop artists in Ireland, by Ruben van Gaalen.