Junction 48

February 28th, 2017


Junction 48

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Udi Aloni

Stars: Tamer Nafar, Samar Qupty, Salwa Nakkara

Junction 48 is the love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community. It depicts a new generation of young Arabs who seek normality through their love and music - and against all odds.

Writers: Oren Moverman, Tamer Nafar, Tamer Nafar, Samar Qupty, Salwa Nakkara, Tamer Nafar, Samar Qupty, Salwa Nakkara, Saeed Dassuki, Adeeb Safadi, Tarik Kopty, Sameh 'Saz' Zakout, Ayed Fadel, Hisham Suliman, Mariam Abu Khaled, Michael Moshonov, Maisa Abd Elhadi, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tamer Nafar - Kareem
Samar Qupty - Manar
Salwa Nakkara - Kareem's Mother
Saeed Dassuki - Talal
Adeeb Safadi - Yousef
Tarik Kopty -
Sameh 'Saz' Zakout -
Ayed Fadel -
Hisham Suliman -
Mariam Abu Khaled -
Michael Moshonov -
Maisa Abd Elhadi -


Official Website: Metro Communications [Israel] | Official site

Country: Israel, Germany, USA

Language: Arabic, Hebrew

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

This movie tells the story of a young Palestinian called Kareem, who lives in the city of Lod/Lydda in Israel and dreams of a career as a hip- hop-artist. The history of the city makes it an area of conflict between Jews and Muslims and soon, Kareem gets into a lot of trouble unwillingly.

Although this is the main plot, several other issues are addressed, such as drug-dealing, religious fundamentalism and all kinds of family issues. Very much for 100 minutes.

It may seem like this film is political. But this is not the case. In fact, it shows problems on both sides. Neither the Israelis, nor the Palestinians are shown as the "good ones".

The main message is another one: It is about the importance and power of music to unite people. In this case, it is about hip-hop and rap. But don't worry: You don't need to be familiar with the underground-culture to enjoy this movie and its sound.

But some weaknesses are still there. The acting of some supporting characters is very poor and the film is told in a confusing way at the beginning. Also, it is a weird mixture between a feel-good-movie and a drama.

However, I generally recommend this movie, for it's a enjoyable experience overall.


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