Spearhead’s Michael Franti paid a brief visit to Israel last week to continue work on his documentary I Know I’m Not Alone. The film, which premiered as a work-in-progress at last month’s Slamdance Film Festival, “takes viewers on a musical journey through war, life and occupation in Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Palestinian occupied territories. Along the way [Franti] shares his music with families, doctors, musicians, soldiers and everyday people who in turn reveal to him the often overlooked human cost of war. Told in their own words, this film provides a rare glimpse into the lives of those who are affected the most by war. Michael’s storytelling and songs masterfully weave the film into a visual and musical tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.”

Among those Franti met with during his visit was Jerusalem rapper Sagol 59, who will appear in the film as an interview subject, discussing Israeli music and its relationship to the “matzav.” The two are pictured here, noshing ice cream in Tel Aviv. (Photo c/o A. Student, 972 Records)