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Conversation: Music in Conflict: Related Multimedia

Conversation with Nili Belkind (Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow) and Ted Swedenburg (Anthroplogy, University of Arkansas). Date: Mar 9, 2017 Time: 4:00 pm Location: IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana

Junction 48

Music Videos

Writers / Producers


Nafar grew up in the crime-ridden 'hood of Lod, a poor Israeli city where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side. It's a place rife with violence, crime and drug-dealers, just twenty minutes from metropolitan Tel Aviv and right next to Ben Gurion airport -- the only gateway to the State of Israel.

In this cursed and impoverished place, Nafar reinvented hip-hop in its purest form: rage without hate, social-political awareness without empty materialism, and large audiences without selling out. He imported the style of hip-hop into the Arab-Muslim ghetto and exported it back to the world with an Arabic flavor and a feminist message. 

Today, millions of fans worldwide follow Nafar's rap group, DAM, which has released two albums and multiple music videos. Nafar serves as a role model for young Arabs across the globe -- a generation searching for new meanings, both political and personal, in a world where the values of yesterday are quickly disappearing from right under their feet. 


Oren Moverman is a scriptwriter and director based in New York. His past films include I'm Not There (2007), The Messenger (2009), Rampart (2011), Time Out of Mind (2014), and Love  & Mercy (2014). His screenplay for The Messenger received multiple nominations and awards, among them the Berlinale award for Best Screenplay and the Academy Award Nomination for Best Screenplay.


The producer of Forgiveness (2006), Beaufort (2007), and Lebanon (2009), among other leading Israeli films. His past awards and nominations include the Venice Golden Lion award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.  


The founder of X Filme and producer of multiple award-winning films, among them Run Lola Run (1998), The White Ribbon (2009), Cloud Atlas (2012), and Amour (2012). His many awards and nominations include a European Film Award and a Best Motion Picture nomination at the Academy Awards for Amour.


One of Variety's "10 producers to watch." Inglee's films include The Messenger (2009), Rampart (2011), Time Out of Mind with Richard Gere (2014), Swiss Army Man (2016), and The Ticket (2016). He won both the AFI Movie of the Year and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for The Messenger.


"Aloni provides us with a measure of the distance between our capacity for understanding and the terrors we choose instead. His art is trembling the underground, indeed. Boundless admiration. "     -Tony Kushner

Udi Aloni (born 1959) is an Israeli and American director and writer whose work frequently explores the interrelationships between art, theory, and activism. His films, including Local Angel (2002), Forgiveness (2006), Kashmir: Journey to Freedom (2009), and Art/Violence (2013), have been presented in the Berlinale and other major film festivals. His past awards include the Berlinale's CINEMA Fairbindet prize. Aloni's visual art has been presented in leading museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His most recent book is What Does a Jew Want? On Binationalism and Other Specters (Columbia University Press, 2011). In recent years, Aloni has mentored young actors from one of the harshest refugee camps in Palestine, helping them reach the world stage, where they have acted the main roles in films that received Oscar nominations (Omar) and prestigious Berlinale awards (Art/Violence). Aloni's work has been praised by the world's leading thinkers, among them Slavoj Žižek, Tony Kushner, and Naomi Klein. 


One of the most preeminent producers and scriptwriters in the USA. His many films include The Ice Storm (1997), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003), and Brokeback Mountain (2005). He has numerous awards and nominations, among them three Academy Award nominations, the Best Screenplay award at Cannes, and a Writers Guild of America award.