Slingshot Hip Hop (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Slingshot Hip Hop
Music-themed fests and Mideast programmers should make room on their playlists.
Profiles of Palestinian hip hop groups who are using their music as a creative protest against the injustices heaped upon them by the Israeli occupation.
Audience Reviews for Slingshot Hip Hop
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.
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