This week’s film pick came as a submission, and we love it. The film is well-shot, excellently-edited and features music from the fantastic DAM. Targeted Citizen (available for streaming at Vimeo in Arabic and Hebrew versions as well) is a short documentary that looks at the state of equality inside Israel, a country defined as the “Jewish State,” but a state nonetheless with many non-Jews. As one character says: “While we are physically present our rights are absent.”
Description from the filmmakers:
The film “Targeted Citizen” (15 minutes), produced by filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones for Adalah, surveys discrimination against the Palestinian citizens of Israel. With the participation of experts Dr. Yousef Jabareen of the Technion and Dr. Khaled Abu Asbeh of the Van Leer Institute, as well as Adalah attorneys Sawsan Zaher, Abeer Baker and Hassan Jabareen, inequality in land and housing, employment, education and civil and political rights are eloquently addressed. These interviews are reinforced by the contrasting informality of on-the-street conversations conducted by Palestinian comic duo Shammas-Nahas and punctuated by the hard-hitting rhymes of Palestinian rap trio DAM. The film’s theme song “Targeted Citizen,” written and recorded by DAM especially for Adalah, tells it like it is without missing a beat.
If you enjoyed this, you should also check out Slingshot Hip Hop which features DAM throughout.