Salmon Street Studio, 109 SE Salmon St Portland
Slingshot Hip Hop Film: 5:30 pm
DAM Performance: 8:00 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. The event will feature a discussion with the film’s Director, Jackie Reem Salloum
Based in Lod, Israel, Palestinian Hip Hop Artist DAM was founded in 1999 by brothers Tamar 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 all ages events are free and open to the public. Both events are co-sponsored by Lincoln High School and the Portland State University Arab Persian Student Organization and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.