“NECESSARY EVIL” Goes From Best Selling Novel To The Silver Screen At The 8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival

Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House
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3 min readJul 13, 2023


New York, July 8, 2023 — The Hip Hop Film Festival is proud to present its closing feature film, “NECESSARY EVIL,” directed by Jamal Hodge. This thought-provoking cautionary tale explores the challenges of experiencing a spiritual awakening in an otherwise non-spiritual world.

Under the visionary direction of Jamal Hodge, “NECESSARY EVIL” transforms the pages of Hayes’ best-selling novel into a compelling cinematic experience. Hodge’s expertise and award-winning approach breathe life into the story, captivating audiences and providing a thought-provoking reflection on the human experience.

The film’s writer, Kareem Hayes, describes it as a tale rooted in the social fabric of New York City’s drug trade during the early 90s. Drawing from personal experiences, Hayes explores themes of violence, spirituality, and the enduring bond of brotherhood.

Presented in partnership with the esteemed Schomburg Center in Harlem, the Hip Hop Film Festival concludes its 8th year by paying homage to “50 years of culture.” This theme honors the 50th anniversary of the recognition of hip-hop culture in the mainstream. As a festival that extends beyond rap music, it provides a platform to explore and celebrate the diverse aspects of hip-hop’s influence on art, society, and cultural expression.

“We are excited to bring Jamal and Kareem to the 8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival with ‘NECESSARY EVIL’,” said CR Capers, Founder and Festival Director. “This film embodies the essence of our festival’s commitment to showcasing diverse narratives and shedding light on the challenges and triumphs experienced within the culture.”

The Hip Hop Film Festival’s closing night promises an immersive experience, combining the power of storytelling with the dynamic energy of hip-hop culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the culmination of the festival with the premiere of “NECESSARY EVIL” and engage with a narrative that resonates on a personal and societal level.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival’s closing night, please visit https://hiphopfilmfestival.org


About Hip Hop Film Festival:

The Hip Hop Film Festival, now in its 8th year, is an annual event that celebrates the art, culture, and history of hip-hop through the medium of film. It provides a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work, fostering dialogue and understanding of hip-hop’s influence on society. With a focus on diverse narratives, the festival aims to educate, inspire, and entertain while honoring the contributions of artists and innovators within the hip-hop community.

About Schomburg Center:

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is a world-renowned institution dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and celebration of black history and culture. Located in the heart of Harlem, the Schomburg Center serves as a vital resource for scholars, educators, and the general public, offering a wide range of exhibitions, collections, programs, and events. As a partner of the Hip Hop Film Festival, the Schomburg Center showcases its commitment to preserving and promoting diverse cultural expressions.



Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House

Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, produces film & music festivals. operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offe