Slingshot Hip Hop

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Slingshot Hip Hop
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Directed by Jackie Reem Salloum
Produced by Jackie Reem Salloum, Rumzi Araj, Waleed Zaiter
Starring DAM, Abeer Alzinaty, PR, Mahmoud Shalabi, Arapeyat
Release dates
  • 18 January 2008 (2008-01-18)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Palestinian territories/Israel
Language Arabic, Hebrew, English

Slingshot Hip Hop is a 2008 documentary film directed by Jackie Reem Salloum which traces the history and development of Palestinian hip hop, in the Palestinian territories from the time DAM pioneered the art form in the late 1990s. It braids together the stories of young Palestinian artists 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. Featuring artists; DAM, Palestinian Rapperz, Mahmoud Shalabi, and female artists Arapeyat and Abeer Alzinaty.

The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival,[1][2] and was later shown on the Sundance Channel[3] and has won over 13 awards.[4] It has shown in film festivals around the world including; IDFA, ND/NF, Stockholm International Film Festival, Sensoria Music & Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, DOX BOX Syria, Dubai International Film Festival, Beirut International Film Festival, Boston Palestine Film Festival.[5]

In August 2008 Slingshot Hip Hop was shown to Palestinian youth in three of Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps; Shatila, Bourj al-Barajneh, and Bedawi.[6]


  1. ^ "2008 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition" (PDF). 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  2. ^ Sundance Film Festival
  3. ^ "Sundance Channel". 
  4. ^ "Slingshot Hip Hop website". 
  5. ^ Palestine festival's date with history Boston Globe, 27 September 2008
  6. ^ Allers, Jackson. "Slingshot Hip Hop invades Lebanon". Menassat. Archived from the original on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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