One of the greatest things to witness over the past decade has been the seeping of diversity into the mainstream world of festivals (especially film festivals). We are getting to see ideas and concepts that are decades in the making and it’s for the whole world to see. Tribeca has had a boon over the past few years in celebrating not only New York, but the inclusion of culture in one of the world’s biggest melting pots. We have seen the In Living Color reunion (Tribeca 2019), Colman Domingo’s takeover (Tribeca 2021), and this year’s documentary darling, The DOC.
The DOC follows the story of Hip Hop legend D.O.C. (Tracy Lynn Curry) and his rise and injury (damaged larynx) that changed his life and career. The amazingly directed opus touches on a man who had to find himself when the aspect that made him famous was gone. We see Tracy learn to be more than just an iconic voice, while also struggling with the aftermath and self destruction that comes with growth. It was awing to see the legends that were brought in from Ice Cube to Snoop Dogg to Eminem. The D.O.C. was a powerhouse who helped establish the legendary N.W.A. as well as Death Row Records. This was a different story than the one that is usually told, with the subject still alive and still looking to accept his legacy and place in history. Not every journey is the same nor is it paint by numbers. Falling down doesn’t necessarily mean staying down, and this piece showcased that. With the likes of DJ Quik, Daz, Kurupt, and Xzibit at the premiere you can tell this is a legacy that is still ongoing and growing.
The DOC was directed by David Kaplan and premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival