Prophets of Change

98 mins.
Directed by Assaf Ben Shetrit
English, Hebrew, Arabic, Uzbeck, French and Amharic with English subtitles

After the screening, join us for a live Zoom conversation with director Assaf Ben Shetrit, moderated by Daniel Pope, Director of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.

In a land defined by conflict and division for centuries, a new generation of artists is reframing the conversation. In this documentary, Israeli and Palestinian musicians unite to break a cycle of fear and distrust in this inspiring, hopeful look at the universal language of song.

They come from all walks of life and a wide range of styles, including rap, hip-hop, and heavy metal. Faced with condemnation and even death threats, these musical activists together forge a call to action and blueprint for peace.

Penetrating and highly energetic, this sonic portrait of courage and compassion swells with a fist-pumping soundtrack of modern Middle Eastern music, and all-star roster of narrators including J.K. Simmons, Forest Whitaker, Sarah Silverman and more.

Presented as part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.