'Aliyah Market', 2014 with Zac Hacmon
In September 2014 the documentary film WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$ (2014, 21:21 min) was exhibited as part of Aliyah Market duo-exhibition at STA Gallery, Tel-Aviv.
In the last decade, South Tel-Aviv has become a home to thousands of Eritrean Asylum Seekers. As their neighbor, Ishai Shapira Kalter would frequent their meeting places and notice that his presence made the music change from Ethnic-African music, into Afro-American Hip-Hop. His will was to reflect a condensed process that portrayed the shedding of their authentic culture and future assimilation in a westernized culture. While leaning on pop-culture stereotypes, He decided to produce a Hip-Hop soundtrack and search for an Eritrean singer who would perform the vocals. During the filmmaking process, he came across with the Eritrean artist’s group, Serawit Hdri, a subverted movement that provided him a rare gaze into their secret meetings that revolved around their homeland’s future, from which they are banned from returning to. That unique and exceptional experience made him reconsider the way contemporary art might become the voice of the next revolution.
Installation view | Documented by Tal Nissim
STA Gallery, Tel-Aviv
WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$
Duration: 21:21 minutes, Israel 2014.
Language: Tigrinya / English
Written, Directed and Produced: Ishai Shapira Kalter | Cinematography: Dan Bronfeld | Editor: Elad Haiman | Original Score: Ido Avraham | Special Thanks: Serawit Hdri Movement and Arpi Shotigian