Sure to be welcomed equally at both music-minded and political fests, “Channels of Rage” rocks the vote, Middle-Eastern style. A parallel portrait of two rappers — both Israeli citizens — who face each other over barbed wire, real and metaphorical, and somehow manage to remain friends, pic manages to be inspirational without sticking any kind of smiley face on the local quagmire. Music skeins would do well to break off a chunk of this.
Jewish emcee Subliminal (a dark-skinned, right-wing Jew) and TN (a pale-faced Palestinian militant) lay out the basic arguments fueling the endless crisis while going through their own growing pains. The gravity of the situation and the transformative power of art (even the gangsta-imitating type) are underscored by shifting events behind them over a roughly three-year period, as the latest Intifada and government security measures kick into high gear. Intriguingly, the Palestinians seen at rallies and local dances turn their anger into party-hearty events, while well-off Jewish youth yell “Death to Arabs” at the first provocation. To his credit, Subliminal stops the show and tells them to knock it off.