TO BOX WITH GOD

  A NEW MUSICAL FILM

An enigmatic persona known as JOJO raises questions about historical justice, ethics and faith in the time of a pandemic. At the heart of the film lie a series of songs -electronic-messianic sound and critical and apocalyptic texts. This is a chaotic oeuvre merging Trap with ancient Amazigh Piyyutim, Jewish spoken word with hip-hop and electronic beats, video clips with documentary scenes and performance art, continuing the artistic line of Amit Hai Cohen's work, known for amalgamating visual and musical mediums and genres into a single world.

׳To Box with God׳ presents an intergeneratio nal link between two artists of Jewish-Moroccan extraction, working both in Jerusalem's underground as well as on international circuits. It's a deep dive into their shared world.

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“The psychedelic musical documentary “To Box with God” is one of the most impressive, enigmatic and bizarre creations you will view; who said Covid-19 doesn’t bring out the best in artists?”

Goel Pinto
Journalist and film critic

This work, ‘To Box with God’, by Amit Hai Cohen and Jojo is pure beauty and wisdom composed of visualia, sound and lyricism- Man, just so much wisdom. There is no purpose to boxing with God and admitting it is a kick in the teeth. I beg you to go see it.”

 

Khen Elmaleh 

DJ and journalist

“A true pearl has emerged from the hands of Amit Hai Cohen; something which is both a pleasure for those familiar with the tangles of Moroccan music and for those who may not be accustomed but approach it with an ear willing to listen. The work simultaneously threads together and exposes the contacts and ranges of Malhoun, Gnawa, Amazigh vibe with rap and spoken word as if they had always coexisted since the dawn of time. And it has to be said- this Jojo is an absolute phenomenon; his character is a brilliant theatre of so many characters and passages, looks, ways of speaking and accents that serve as a musical, aesthetic plot of their own. That’s without mentioning the dramatic blend of performance, dance and ritual within an impressive cinematic performance. There is so much going on in this piece of art- bravo! I enjoyed it so much and was moved.”

Albert Swissa
Author, curator and art critic

 

TO BOX WITH GOD / 30 minutes / UHD 3840 x 2160

DIRECTION AND MUSICAL PRODUCTION: Amit Hai Cohen

ACTING: JOJO

LYRICS AND MUSIC: JOJO and Amit Hai Cohen

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Aharon Paz, Hallelujah Abehsera

VISUAL INSPIRATION: Ken Goldman, Neta Elkayam, Munir Fatmi

 

Produced, recorded, mixed and edited 

at ' Estwanat Hai' by Amit Hai Cohen

Dec 2020 - Jan 2021