Set against a backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian rapper Kareem and his singer girlfriend Manar struggle, love and make music in their crime-ridden ghetto and Tel Aviv's hip-hop club scene.
On April 9, 1948, a Jewish militia entered the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and killed over 100 villagers. Soon after, a mental hospital was built on the ruins. The first patients to ... See full summary »
The affaire of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.
On the last night of the siege on Beirut during the war of 1982, a young Palestinian poet strives to reach the kitchen in order to observe his everyday routine of coffee and cigarette, ... See full summary »
Hedi, a young man with great dreams, is struggling his way through social conventions in Tunisia. While his mother tries to decide his life for him, Hedi meets Rim and suddenly he discovers that his world goes beyond and above conventions.
Mohamed Ben Attia
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Junction 48 is the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community. It depicts a new generation of young Arabs who seek normality through their love and music - and against all odds.
Harsh reality of the Palestinian in Israel shown using the positive means of the hip-hop
The pick of the Berlinale Panorama Audience Award has never let me down. Last year that pick was Junction 48 - another hidden masterpiece that I have discovered thanks to that award. The movie shows the harsh reality of the Palestinian in Israel using the very gentle and positive means of the youth culture. And that's what I loved about this movie - it completely involves you in the way of life without making you at the end feeling sick because of all tragedies happening in the movie. The movie also has a good balance of critical comment on all sides of Israeli and Arab society. Both communities have some rotten apples, but also some positive people who want to live, enjoy life and create art. As a final note, make yourself a favor and check the website of the movie. The music videos there will keep the memory of the hip hop movement in Israel with you for a long time.
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