Jackie Reem Salloum is an Arab American filmmaker and artist whose documentary film about Palestinian hip-hop musicians expresses the artists’ anger and frustration against the situation in the Middle East.
Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.
“I think hip-hop played an important role in Gaza and still does,” Salloum said. “It does not just connect Palestinians from different areas but connects different age groups, and also men and women.”
Check out the “Slingshots Hip Hop” trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYCe17MEkDQ