Slingshot Hip-Hop

by January 9, 2009

Slingshot Hip-Hop

I saw Slingshot Hip-Hop last week in the South Bronx (SoBro – for the gentrifiers). I had to stop inside the Yemeni Bodega to get directions – it was down the block & around the corner from Me and Yemeni dude’s agreed upon landmark – White Castles. Brick outside, but the folks’ smiles inside to the Rebel Diaz loft were warm.

Slingshot Hip-Hop covers the stories of young Palestinians living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. I kicked it with the director and friends afterward and they told stories of her Jewish homegirl smuggling film out of Gaza in her knapsack.


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