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How a Freestyle Rapper’s Autism Shaped His Rhymes

Growing up with autism wasn't easy for Tihei Harawira, but he discovered a unique form of self-expression that allows him to connect with others. See this New Zealand rapper's incredible freestyling ability in this short from filmmaker Hamish Bennett.

Tihei was made as part of the Loading Docs initiative.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.