Hip hop has been almost completely accepted by mainstream America. The sound of the streets is now the sound of commercials, films and TV shows. But in Palestine and occupied Israel, hip hop is still an incendiary force that riles up the authorities. Jacqueline Reem Salloum chronicles the secret world of Arab hip hop in her documentary, Slingshot Hip Hop. The young men and women of groups such as Arapeyat, DAM, PR and We7 have to deal with real political oppression (politically-active rappers can be imprisoned for what they rap), travel restrictions and the objections of their own parents -- all of which only fuels their anger and need for self expression. The Webster Film Series presents Slingshot Hip Hop tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is $4 to $6, and the film is followed by a panel discussion led by St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee.
Thu., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2014