Junction 48 (2017)
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Does for the Israeli city of Lod what "8 Mile" aimed to do for the suburbs of Detroit.
An immersive fictionalized portrait of an aspiring rapper struggling to find his voice amid the constant din of long-festering Arab-Israeli tensions.
While the fuzzy take-home message of peaceful coexistence is something most viewers can get behind, it is also too simplistic and banal to sustain an entire movie.
Issues are overly simplified and scenes are often poorly constructed (not helped by uneven editing), though Nafar is a charismatic performer.
The charm of the young cast, especially Nafar and Qupty, is the film's strength. When they perform, separately or together, the movie soars.
Junction 48 celebrates music as a force for expression and cultural fusion, as Kareem and his friends praise sexuality, love, and the realities of their lives in Lyd as the most profoundly political statements they can make.
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