Stockholm Syndrome

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 105 MINUTES | English, Swedish | English subtitles


New York, Documentary, Music, Biography, Fashion

Harlem-bred Rakim Mayers rode a rocket to stardom as multi-platinum rapper A$AP Rocky, on the strength of his energetic performances, cutting edge fashion, and irreverent attitude. All of this came crashing to a halt in 2019 when he was thrown in a Stockholm prison following a violent altercation with a pair of local provocateurs. Stockholm Syndrome chronicles the meteoric rise of this contemporary trendsetter, capturing the exuberance of youth and urgency of hip-hop in equal parts, before taking a detour into darkness. 

With amazing access, the film reveals Rocky’s experience with the inequities of the Swedish judicial system and the dangers of stardom and scapegoating through a series of twists and turns, ultimately paralleling the need for prison reform in our own backyard. Directed by The Architects, the film blends archival footage with contemporary interviews, animation, and electrifying live concert footage to tell the astonishing story of how one of rap’s biggest superstars became embroiled in an international incident, leading to an unexpected political awakening. —Loren Hammonds

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Directed by The Architects

The Architects are collaborative filmmakers, thinkers, and builders.

Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman
Pierce Robinson, Jeff Peterman
David B. Guthrie, Kathryn Robson, Eric Alexander Hughes
Executive Producer
Michael Cho, Mimi Rode, Osita Onugha, Tim Lee
Kelsey Oluk
A$AP Rocky, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Tyler The Creator, Michèle Lamy, A$AP Ferg


Print Source
Matthew Perniciaro
Bow and Arrow Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323 368 5070
US Sales Contact
Amanda Lebow
Creative Artists Agency
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000
International Sales Contact
Amanda Lebow
Creative Artists Agency
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000