Slingshot Hip Hop Reviews
March 18, 2009
I had heard some positive buzz for this documentary coming off the festival circuit and it had an interesting topic. Unfortunately it was never picked up for theatrical distribution and I wasn?t sure I?d ever get a chance to see it. Luckily, the movie finally turned up on the Sundance Channel so I tivoed it right away. The movie is about disenfranchised Palestinian youth who use Hip Hop music in order to express their anger about the Israeli occupation. The hopeful message is that these young people are fighting back with words instead of bombs, it?s an excellent look at the cathartic and political power of art. These Palestinians seem to have a better understanding of Hip-Hop as an outlet for the oppressed than most closed minded observers in the media do. The film also works simply as an examination of the Israeli-Palestien conflict from a perspective that it isn?t normally seen from. That said, I can kind of see why this didn?t get picked up, it isn?t the best produced piece of work and I probably wouldn?t have paid full price to see it. Still, catching this documentary on television makes for a very interesting 90 minutes of watching.
April 12, 2009
Slingshot Hip Hop is one of the best documentaries I've seen. It tackles the serious issue of Israeli apartheid in Palestine yet does it through the eyes of Palestinian youth. In spite of the devestation in Palestine, the film maker is able to show the positive energy of youth who use humour and music to deal with oppression and raise political awareness. The documentary is very educational for someone who has only been exposed to mainstream media when it comes to Palestine and Israel.