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Junction 48 (2017)

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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.

March 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.

March 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.

February 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.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The charm of the young cast, especially Nafar and Qupty, is the film's strength. When they perform, separately or together, the movie soars.

February 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

February 28, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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