Thursday, November 16, 2017
Scenes: One Night in Israel Skating and making music with the youth of Israel
British-based filmmaker Yoni Lappin’s raw, philosophical journal charts the languid and contrasting experience of growing up in modern Israel. “Israel is a complex place with so many different viewpoints and interpretations,” Lappin explains: “I felt this was a story I needed to tell, to capture something honest.
Growing up with the internet in a diverse and historic country, the youth captured in the director’s journey includes the Arab Trap Rappers PNGWNG CRU, the Jerusalem Skater Girls (J.S.G.), and clubgoers at a heady, pulsating night in Tel Aviv. “You are seeing these people come together not only to show their appreciation for the sound that is raising them, but are also creatively beginning to interpret it in their own way,” the filmmaker explains.
Skating, rapping, and partying become an outlet for self-expression beneath the region’s fierce sun and amidst its political complexities. London-based Lappin continues: “Originally, this film was simply about youth culture in Israel—but it moved me far more profoundly than I had thought, documenting an exciting young generation—all from different backgrounds, with fresh ideas, empowerment, and an intense energy.”
Full film coming soon to NOWNESS