From: Film review: "Slingshot Hip Hop"
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, 10 September 2008
Jackie Salloum's invigorating new documentary Slingshot Hip Hop portrays the story of three aspiring Palestinian musicians from the rap group DAM as they develop their talent in their bedrooms and take it to standing-room-only crowds throughout historic Palestine. The youth from Lyd, inside present-day Israel, start off mimicking the gestures and English lyrics of the US rappers they see on TV, their songs celebrating materialism devoid of the social justice message upon which the genre of hip-hop was founded. However, this changes as the musicians' political awareness is sharpened by the rapid deterioration of the human rights situation in Palestine and they begin to see themselves in the images of America's oppressed black urban youth ...