An Evening of Palestinian Hip Hop
Friday, November 4, 2011
Salmon Street Studios, 109 SE Salmon St., Suite C, Portland, OR 97214

Slingshot Hip Hop Film Screening
followed by Q&A with Director Jackie Reem Salloum
5:30 pm



The documentary film Slingshot Hip Hop (2008), screened as part of the Middle East Studies Center Film Series, 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.

Palestinian Hip Hop Performance by DAM
8:00 pm

Based in Lod, Israel, Palestinian Hip Hop Artist DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suhell Nafar and their friend Mahmoud Jreri, and their songs are largely about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and poverty. The group’s name is the Arabic verb for “to last forever/eternity” (دام) and the Hebrew word for “blood” (דם), but can also be an acronym for “Da Arabian MCs.”

These events are free and open to the public--all ages.
Both are co-sponsored by the Portland State University Arab Persian Student Organization and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Zulu Oregon Universal and the Lincoln Arabic Studies Program.

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