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Rock in the Red Zone

Directed by: Laura Bialis
87 Minutes, 2014, Documentary; Other Israel Film Festival

On the edge of Israel’s Negev Desert, half a mile from Gaza, and directly in the path of thousands of Hamas rockets lies Sderot, a city of factory workers and rock musicians – the children of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East who grew up in a transit camp. Despite being pummeled for years by homemade missiles known as Qassams, the people of Sderot persevere. In raucous Moroccan celebrations, they embrace newcomers. In quiet family dinners, they voice their dreams. And in underground bomb shelters, they create music – a unique Sderot sound that has transformed Israeli music by injecting Middle Eastern influences into traditional Western beats.