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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Junction 48’

21 April 2016 5:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Subtlety was never the strong-suit of helmer-activist Udi Aloni, although his agitprop works have a justifiable righteous anger that gets them touring fests. “Junction 48” is a classic example, starring Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar as a version of himself, naively dreaming of becoming a crossover hip-hop star while facing Israeli bigotry. Once again, Aloni (“Forgiveness”) exposes racism within Zionist ideology, yet again he has trouble integrating his various strands, plus the script, co-written by Nafar and Oren Moverman, veers all over. “Junction” bagged the Panorama audience prize in Berlin, testifying to the pic’s success at energizing viewers looking for an easy reinforcement of their political beliefs.

Kareem (Nafar) lives close to Tel Aviv in Lod, in a drug-infested neighborhood lacking status in Israeli society. His parents are commie musicians in a traditional vein, whereas Kareem isn’t interested in their square music. When he chastely accompanies some friends out »

- Jay Weissberg

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