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Junction 48

ABOUT THE FILM


JUNCTION '48 IS INSPIRED BY TRUE LIFE STORY OF TAMER NAFAR - WHO SINGLE-HANDEDLY CREATED THE PALESTINIAN HIP-HOP SCENE FROM SCRATCH


Nafar grew up in the crime-ridden 'hood of Lod, a poor Israeli city where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side. It's a place rife with violence, crime and drug-dealers, just twenty minutes from metropolitan Tel Aviv and right next to Ben Gurion airport -- the only gateway to the State of Israel. In this cursed and impoverished place, Nafar reinvented 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 the Arab-Muslim ghetto and exported it back to the world with an Arabic flavor and a feminist message. Today, millions of fans worldwide follow Nafar's rap group, DAM, which has released two albums and multiple music videos. Nafar serves as a role model for young Arabs across the globe -- a generation searching for new meanings, both political and personal, in a world where the values of yesterday are quickly disappearing from right under their feet.

SYNOPSIS


Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps "I'm not political," Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth. But the road to success is never easy... Kareem and his group must face violent nationalistic Jewish rappers, government-imposed gentrification and troubled drug-dealing friends. When Manar's family threatens to harm them if she performs publicly with him, the time comes for Kareem to either surrender to conservative tradition or stand up for the woman he loves, the artist he respects...