American Pimp

African American, Sexuality, American Culture
The Hughes Brothers
87 minutes


*Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
*Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

"Engrossing, fascinating" -Entertainment Weekly


Driven by their fascination with the cultural enigma of the black urban pimp from such vintage Blaxploitation movies as THE MACK, the Hughes Brothers (MENACE II SOCIETY, DEAD PRESIDENTS) set out to understand how a pimp is able to "make," manage and exploit his prostitutes. The result is a mesmerizing, shocking, hilarious, and deeply disturbing journey to this social heart of darkness-a place where race, class, gender, sex and power intersect and frequently combust.



Albert and Allen Hughes

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was broadcast on cable, introducing them to a wider audience. After high school Albert began taking classes at LACC Film School: two shorts established the twins' reputation as innovative filmmakers and allowed them to direct Menace II Society (1993), which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and grossed nearly 10 times as much as its $3 million budget. After following up with Dead Presidents (1995) they directed the feature-length documentary American Pimp (1999). The Hughes brothers then went on to co-direct From Hell (2001) starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham and the post-apocalyptic drama Book of Eli (2010).


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