Christine Otten is a novelist, performer, journalist – and the mother of this documentary’s director. Fueled by a passion for African-American culture, music and love, she is constantly searching for stories that inspire her.
In 2014, she published an engaging musical epic, The Last Poets, inspired by her real-life encounters with the group via her own hip-hop-loving son, and based on the group’s turbulent lives in expressing their Black Power ideas via music to a large international audience. The novel was nominated for the prestigious Libris Literatuurprijs in the Netherlands, and was adapted into a successful theater play.
“Dutch literature may consider itself lucky to have acquired this original novel.”
Press on Christine Otten.
“Otten has developed a unique form of telling a breathtaking saga. Play it again Christine!”
– NRC Handelsblad
“Otten has succeeded remarkably well: the poets have body and soul and a unique voice in her novel. (…) Her portrayal of Umar is especially lively and moving. Umar as a poor boy, shining shoes in Akron, Ohio. And later on as a violent street kid who makes up his mind to become a poet.”