Say My Name een droom die in vervulling ging


Bedenkster en maakster van Say My Name, de uit Israël afkomstige Nirit Peled, is zelf al sinds jonge leeftijd een groot fan van vrouwelijke Hip Hop-sterren. Voor Peled was het maken van Say My Name een droom die in vervulling ging. “Vrouwelijke Hip Hoppers staan nog altijd teveel in de schaduw van hun mannelijke collega’s. In deze film krijgen ze hun eigen stem en spreken ze open en rechtuit over klasse, ras en gender en dit in het licht van hun passie als vrouwelijke MC’s.”Peled begon al in 2003 alleen in New York met haar research voor Say My Name en ze vertrok van de platen van Hip Hip-vrouwen in haar eigen platenkast. Ze spitte ook uit welke vrouwelijke Hip Hop MC’s opkomende sterren er in de Verenigde Staten en Groot-Brittannië aan het opkomen. En dat bleken er heel wat.

English to Japanese translation

Dear Japanese music documentary, Hip Hop lovers and B-Girls, incase you don't speak read English:

姉妹は、母親は、音楽アーティストが、業界で、男性が支配的ビジネスウーマンは、ロールモデルは、私の名前を言うの止め女性の作詞家は、女性のMCとしての情熱を追求する上で率直について、人種、クラスと性別話す女嫌いと指摘した。ロンドンの東側に汚れの女性、MCライト、モニーラブして、Roxanne Shanté、エステル、エリカバドゥなど世界的に有名な星に若手アーティストとブロンクスのヒップホップの発祥の地から、より多く、これらは芸術に逆境を回す女性がいる。


Media attention



State Magazine interview (Dutch)


Vrouwen in hiphop zijn schaars, zeker in Nederland. Wellicht is het daarom nog bijzonderder dat het een duo Nederlandse filmmakers lukte om legendes zoals Roxanne Shante, Monie Love en Erykah Badu bij elkaar te krijgen voor een documentaire over vrouwen. De film, 'Say My Name', ging eerder al in première in onder andere Londen, Göteborg, Israël en het South By South West festival in Texas. Donderdag 25 November is dan eindelijk de Nederlandse première in het MC Theater te Amsterdam. Wij spraken met Nirit Peled over de film, hiphop en natuurlijk... vrouwen.


door Dennis de Groot, beeld afkomstig uit Say My Name door Mamamess, 24Nov10
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The Dutch premiere was a warm succes, real cool and the best home run ever. The evening was absolutely packed with friends, family and colleagues. From the reacties we concluded: people really liked Say My Name.

So big thank you to y'all for showing up and showing support, we Mamamess had a great evening and we hope you did too.

Spread the word: SAY MY NAME

We also would like give special props to our partners and the people who helped us realizing this great premiere:

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And if you speak the language, read this:


Say My Name
Een realistische kijk op de vrouwen in het overwegend mannelijke hip hop universum.
7 december 2010 - door Stijn Terrie
We steken het hier bij De niet onder stoelen of banken: wij zijn zware fan van Old School Hip Hop. Vette rhymes op een eenvoudige beat meer behoeft ons muzikaal brein soms niet. Maar het was toch alweer sinds het inmiddels beruchte filmpje van een steward op Sout-West Airlines geleden dat we nog eens in onze handen wreven. Met Say My Name brengt Living Colour Entertainment een realistische inkijk op de vrouwen uit het hip hop wereldje. Vrouwen? That’s right… chicks, bitches, la-dies, femaaaaales, sluts, motherfucking tits shakin’ persons, brow! We kennen Estelle, Erykah Badu en Roxxanne Shante. Maar wisten wij veel dat Brooklyn, New York wemelt van loslippige dames die allen rappend vechten om hun plaats in de samenleving.  ‘Say My Name’ in een regie van Nirit Peled is een eerlijke documentaire geworden over en met de grote namen uit de muziekindustrie. Maar evenzeer  krijgen de kleine garnalen hun ‘five minutes of motherfuckin’ fame’

Zijn ze allen even goed? Hell no bitch! Vaak wordt schrijnend duidelijk dat hip hop zowat de enige uitweg is om niet te verloederen in New York’s meest achtergestelde buurt.  Maar waar wij Westerlingen dromen van een huisje met een tuintje en een veel te grote keuken om diepvrieslasagne in te bereiden, dromen deze dames van een publiek voor wie zij letterlijk en figuurlijk hun rhymes uit de mond spugen…  You know what I mean?

Het is als het ware balanceren op een slappe koord tussen droom en werkelijkheid. En zij die het maken in het wereldje worden meteen opnieuw op de proef gesteld, want hoe ga je nu in godsnaam om met wat roem en rijkdom in een achtergestelde buurt?
Los van de Amerikaanse Hip Hop, gaat Peled ook even in op de Grimecultuur van Eastside London. Noem het Hip hop op speed. Spits de oren en laat u bekoren… Peace yo!

NOW available on DVD

We are very thrilled to announce that Say My Name the movie is now available on DVD. You can order it online from HERE, or when you life in Amsterdam you can get your copy at Rushhour, Concerto or the Fame store.

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Photo: Rushhour / Spuistraat

And of coarse we thank our new distributor Living Colour to make this all happen, BIG UP!

Say My Name outtakes

Say My Name Shorts are outtakes deriving from the documentary Say My Name. In part one, DJ Premier tells us how he deals with women in general and female rappers in particular. Pretty hilarious.


Radio FunX Collage SAY MY NAME interview by saymyname



Sisters, mothers, businesswomen, role models, music artists—in an industry dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of Say My Name speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female MCs. From hip hop’s birthplace in the Bronx to the ladies of grime on London’s eastside, emerging artists to world renowned stars like MC Lyte and Monie Love, these are women turning adversity into art.

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“A compelling documentary on women in hip-hop…
rarely didactic and never plodding or obvious...a joy to watch.”
Leonard Pierce
A.V. Club

“Heartbreaking and exhilarating”
Cindy Widner
The Austin Chronicle

“I thought I had died and gone to heaven”
Michael Tully
Hammer to Nail Ambitious Film

Looking Back

We’re back in Amsterdam. And we’re missing SXSW. The festival was truly amazing. We enjoyed the whole ride! We got up early every day, we’ve put up our filmposter wherever possible, like true fanatics, and handed out our Chocolate Thai flyers to everybody who wanted to know about our film. Of course we went to parties all over the place, met so many cool people and loved the Texan sun.


What stuck to us the most however – and still does - is watching our film on a huge screen finally, and we mean huge! We did it! We were quite nervous before our world premiere on Sunday. Would there be enough people? Yes, plenty (approx. 250 visitors)! Would the image be beautiful and the sound how it should be? Yes, the film was projected really well and the sound was great. Would we be too nervous for the Q&A? Yes, we were, but we went through it with no problems. So much too tell! And then Say My Name was finally, after all these crazy years, airborn. Out there. Absolutely awesome.


It was a great feeling. We also enjoyed working with our publicists David, Winston and Eseel from L.A. They took us around and that early, early morning ride to the Texas breakfast news was quite exciting, as was breakfast at Magnolia’s! And now we move on.


Say My Name will be screened at the AFI Festival in Dallas this weekend and next Monday and Tuesday at the Sarasota Festival in Florida. And on Thursday we will be flying to Durham, North Carolina to attend the Full Frame Festival. Exciting! Say My Name on your way!



Sunday March 15th
World premiere of Say My Name

07.00 Our jetleg wakes us up around seven. Today’s the day! After five years of work our film will premiere!
07.15 Calling with Ella. She’s doing well with her grandparents. We miss her.
07.45 Meeting in hotellobby with our publicists Dave and Eseel.
08.15 Arrival at KVUE Studio’s. Still waking up.
08.45 Live interview during Breakfast News. Classic American news setting. It goes well. Though real early, it was quite an experience! CHECK
09.30 Breakfast at the famous Magnolia’s: fresh orange juice, pancakes, omelettes, cripsy bacon, eggs benedicte, toast, yoghurt, fruits and more!


11.00 At the Filmmaker’s Lounge in ACC: preparing the rest of day, emailing, still putting posters on walls, making special invites for our afterparty. Getting a bit nervous...
12.00 Kodak Sunday Brunch: not much happening there, so we go to a vivid panel discussion about ‘branding: how to connect brands with film(makers)’ with Jess Search.
13.00 We meet Winston, one of our publicists, and go to a local radio show called Hip Hop Hooray! In a complete different part of town, on the other side of the highway, feels quite segregated...
13.45 Interview with Miss Manners. Cool interview with quite some time to tell our story. And great music! Miss Manners made free publicity for us all afternoon!
15.00 Back in the hotel. Getting seriously nervous now. Taking a rest and a bath. Dressing up!
17.00 Head back to the festival!
18.30 Late tech check. Everything goes well. The sound is great and right in your face. The film looks beautiful. And the screen is so huge! Slowly first visitors are showing up and standing in line.


19.15 World Premiere Say My Name! The venue is packed with people. This is it!
20.45 End of our first screening of Say My Name. Sheering, applause, whistling! Q&A goes well, the questions are challenging and we get a chance to tell our story.
21.30 Afterparty in Red Fez, during the only hip hop party in town! Got drunk!!!





We are at SXSW in Austin Texas! We’ve been here since Thursday eve. It’s been crazy. We have been postering and handing out flyers, doing interviews and getting ready for today. Our small campaign is run by Simon and Dave and our publicists David and Eseel. In a short time we’re reaching out to as many people as possible. Guerilla style!

Today will be our world premiere. We will be sitting with, hopefully, 400 other people, most of which we dont know and watch the film we have been working on for almost 5 years. On the big screen for the first time. This feels crazy!!!!

We wish all the people we know, people who’ve supported us, worked with us and showed us love would be here today.
Tomorrow Say My Name will be airborne. No longer our private experience but an exciting segment of culture. After Austin Say My Name will be screening at festivals in Florida, Dallas and North Carolina!
















Today, Sunday March 15th

World Premiere SAY MY NAME at SXSW!
A film about women, hip hop and life
Austin Convention Center, 7.15 PM

SAY MY NAME afterparty in RED FEZ!
At the only hip hop party in town
209B West 5th street, at 9.30 PM

Join us at the screening and come to the party!
Nirit Peled & Dave Hemmingway aka Mamamess