Film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008
Slingshot Hip Hop
Director: Jackie Salloum
(Palestine, 2008, 89 minutes)
Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank as they discover hip hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. The film begins with Tamer, Suhell, and Mahmoud of DAM, the first ever Palestinian hip hop group, from their early, awkward recording attempts in an Israeli studio to fiery, sold-out shows in Europe. We experience their politicization with the outbreak of the second Intifada, their emergence as community leaders, and their years-long struggle to produce an album in spite of crushing poverty. Through DAM we meet Mahmoud Shalabi, an irreverent rapper from Akka, along with solo R&B artist Abeer and rap group Arapeyat, young women pushing up against cultural boundaries to emerge as talented artists in the Palestinian hip hop scene. Meanwhile, Mohammed, Kan’aan and Mezo of PR (Palestinian Rapperz) have begun emulating DAM and other rappers in Israel and the West Bank. Trapped in Gaza, one of the most heavily populated places on Earth, PR long to visit their fellow rappers in the West Bank, but face innumerable obstacles. From internal checkpoints and the separation wall to gender discrimination and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that confine them. Slingshot Hip Hop is a reflection of the rappers themselves, an inspiring union between the Palestinian struggle and this African-American art form gone global. Official Selection at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival.
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, ANSWER Coaslition, Birzeit Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), National Association of Arab Americans, Palestinian American Women's Association (PAWA)
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