Slingshot Hip Hop/DAM Concert

Discover young Palestinians who express the struggle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through their music.

Thursday November 18, 2010

9:30pm ~ Brooks Rogers

The evening will begin with a screening of the internationally-acclaimed film “Slingshot Hip Hop” (Sundance, 2008), which follows the lives and struggles of the members of DAM, Palestine’s first hip hop group, as they attempt to create a voice for themselves in the midst of a war-torn and segregated society. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the Director Jackie Reem Salloum, who is a Palestinian filmmaker and artist based in New York.

After the film screening, DAM will hold a concert in Goodrich.

DAM is comprised of five band members which come from various parts of the Palestinian territories. They have made use of their limited resources to express themselves creatively and speak out for the Palestinian people in a non-violent manner. They were just able to receive visas to the United States, and are offering shows for a limited time because of visa restrictions.

The event will be open for all students, faculty, staff and Williamstown community members, to expose them to creative and non-violent forms of standing up for social justice. The lyrics of the songs are about Palestinian life and the struggle for Palestinian freedom, topics which are not always represented in the media.