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.
Jackie Reem Salloum is a New York based filmmaker and artist. During her MFA studies at New York University she created pop infused art (toys, gumball machines, etc) documenting histories of people, including her family, that have been altered or erased and challenging the stereotypes of Arabs. Salloum’s love for filmmaking began after creating her short video piece, “Planet of the Arabs” (2005 Sundance) which then lead her back to Palestine to direct her first feature length documentary, “Slingshot Hip Hop”, (2008 Sundance). Salloum recently directed short documentaries for Arab American Stories on PBS TV, a music video for DAM sponsored by UN Women, “If I Could Go Back in Time”, and a short kids film, “Yala to the Moon” (2012 tiff Kids). Salloum continues to write/direct films, music videos and teach workshops at universities and institutions in the US and internationally.
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