Junction 48

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Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps "I'm not political," Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth. But the road to success is never easy. Kareem and his group must face violent nationalistic Jewish rappers, government-imposed gentrification and troubled drug-dealing friends. When Manar's family threatens to harm them if she performs publicly with him, the time comes for Kareem to either surrender to conservative tradition or stand up for the woman he loves, the artist he respects.

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  • Does for the Israeli city of Lod what "8 Mile" aimed to do for the suburbs of Detroit.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An immersive fictionalized portrait of an aspiring rapper struggling to find his voice amid the constant din of long-festering Arab-Israeli tensions.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Issues are overly simplified and scenes are often poorly constructed (not helped by uneven editing), though Nafar is a charismatic performer.

    Feb 28, 2017 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

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  • "Junction 48" is something worth checking out - particularly if you are a fan of Arabic hip-hop, which, now that I've seen this movie, I guess I am.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Junction 48 demands that we allow ourselves to be swept into it...those obstacles are worth overcoming; if you do, you get a chance to experience a work whose unique way of observing current Israeli reality is what gives it validity.

    Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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