Opens Friday, March 3, 2017
By Jack Barnes
Kareem (Tamer Nafar), a young Palestinian musician, lives in a destitute town a few kilometers east of Tel Aviv, where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side. He spends his days wandering aimlessly between dead end jobs and hanging out with his drug-dealing friends. When his family is struck by unimaginable tragedy, Kareem finds refuge in the world of hip hop. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
As Kareem’s star potential as “the first Arab rapper” garners attention, his own political consciousness grows and his lyrics become more defiant toward the oppressive political climate. While Kareem tries to find his voice, he and his friends continue to face intense prejudice, and even violence.
Joined by his girlfriend Manar (Samar Qupty) who sings alongside Kareem, the two decide to use their songs to fight against oppression through the universal language of music.
JUNCTION 48 is co-written by Academy Award® nominee Oren Moverman (LOVE & MERCY, THE MESSENGER) and is based on the real-life experiences of lead actor and co-writer, Tamer Nafer.
ABOUT TAMER NAFAR:
Palestinian rap artist Tamer Nafar serves as a role model for young Arabs across the globe – a generation searching for new meanings, both political and personal. He is credited with reinventing hip-hop in its purest form: rage without hate, social-political awareness without empty materialism, and large audiences without selling out. He imported the style of hip-hop into his Arab Muslim ghetto and exported it back to the world with an Arabic flavor. Tamer was born in 1979 in the city of Lyd, Israel. In 2000, he and his brother Suhell and their friend Mahmoud Jrere became DAM, the first Palestinian Arab rap group. Today, millions of fans worldwide follow DAM, which has released two albums and multiple music videos. Their lyrics are influenced by the Palestinian situation and the struggle for equal rights.
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