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Following the success of Arab Labor, Sayed Kashua returns with another autobiographical series. The Writer centers on Kashua’s fictional self, Kateb, who, after achieving runaway success with the television series Arab Labor, has become the poster boy for the New Age Arab-Israeli, able to shift seamlessly between two cultures. Rather than bask in the glory of his rarefied status in Israeli society, Kateb increasingly feels trapped in the gilded cage he has created for himself by living through his alter ego. The series offers an exploration of the hybrid Israeli-Palestinian existence and the personal and political toll it can take.
In Lod, a poor town east of Tel Aviv where Arabs and Jews live side by side, Kareem spends his days wandering aimlessly between jobs. When a car accident kills his father, Kareem finds refuge in the world of hip-hop. At a concert, his girlfriend Manar’s lyrics incite an attack from Jewish rappers, and at home, the government threatens to tear down a friend’s house. Kareem and Manar decide to use their songs to fight both oppression and the violence that exists within their own conservative community. Kareem is played by Tamer Nafar, the charismatic frontman of DAM, the first Palestinian rap group. He and Israeli director Udi Aloni transform his personal experiences into the voice of a new generation, full of hope for equal rights and peaceful coexistence. In theaters February 2017.