Boiler Room presents: Palestine Underground
Palestine Underground is a new 25 minute documentary by Boiler Room, documenting the thriving underground music scene in one of the most conflicted regions on Earth.
Palestine Underground is a new 25 minute documentary by Boiler Room, documenting the thriving underground music scene in one of the most conflicted regions on Earth. This documentary follows a week in the life of alternative Palestinian music collectives, up-and-coming techno DJs, and innovational hip-hop producers and rappers, including the collective BLTNM, in the lead up to the first Boiler Room party in Ramallah last June.
The film sheds light on the constraints placed upon these Palestinian artists, from their restricted freedom of movement enforced by the Israeli government to the midnight party curfew imposed by the Palestinian Authority, and shows that their scene is thriving in spite of it. United through the unique regional sound they’ve created and their love for partying, these artists have managed to build a scene and have succeeded in circumventing the political system that aims to restrict them.
Palestine Underground is the first film to document the underground nightlife culture in Palestine. It offers a fresh and different insight into the lives of a minority of young Palestinians and subverts the Western media narrative surrounding Palestine. Palestine Underground is directed by BBC and Channel 4 documentary filmmaker and journalist Jess Kelly and produced by Boiler Room’s Anaïs Brémond. The 22nd June 2018 live-streamed Boiler Room party was programmed by Debora Ipekel, Palestine Underground Assistant Producer.
Special thanks and credits to Anaïs Bremond, Faris Amin, Zagh Mouri, Ma3azef, Jessica Kelly, Debora Ipekel, 4:3 and Boiler Room.
Words: Von Bismarck