Hip Hop Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: Local Perspectives from the Global Hip Hop Nation
A year-long film screening/speaker series exploring the local permutations of Hip Hop Culture in the Middle East and North Africa within the widely varying configurations of language, culture, politics, and religion in the region.
Films to be screened and discussed include:
I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
A feature-length documentary following a determined group of young Moroccan Hip Hop artists who band together to create the country’s first Hip Hop Festival. Reflecting the thoughts and dreams of the youth of Morocco, the film features hip-hop artists such as DJ Key, H-Kayne, Brownfingaz and Fatishow.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with co-Directors and co-Producers of the film, Jennifer Needleman and Joshua Asen.
Slingshot Hip Hop
Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza 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.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with Director, Jackie Salloum.
New Muslim Cool
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he's moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and himself. New Muslim Cool takes viewers on Hamza's ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with Director, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
This series is organized by H. Samy Alim, UCLA and is co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Anthropology.