Microphone by Ahmed Abdalla

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Thursday, October 20, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St 4th floor, New York, NY 10004
Admission: Suggested Donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds

Microphone by Ahmed Abdalla (Egypt, 2010, 120 min, Arabic with English S/T)

Microphone, establishes director Ahmed Abdalla as both a visionary and a promising auteur. Moulding elements of cinéma vérité into stylized cinematography, a striking counterbalance of looseness and composition further highlights the dense city backdrop of Alexandria, Egypt.

Upon returning to his native Alexandria after travelling abroad in the United States for several years, Khaled (Khaled Abol Naga) discovers that time has altered and severed many of his prior relationships, namely between him and his former flame, Hadeer (Menna Shalabi). Feeling alone and dejected, Khaled wanders the city and quickly stumbles into a new world: the underground arts scene. As he becomes increasingly enchanted with this counterculture movement, Khaled crosses paths with street hip-hoppers, rooftop rockers, graffiti artists and documentary filmmakers. Captivated by this diverse intersection of creativity, he attempts to pull together his limited resources in the hopes of supporting the onslaught of fresh talent. It is not long before his professional and personal life become completely immersed in music, film and art, a movement all the more extraordinary for it having not emerged from Cairo, Egypt’s bustling capital city.

In addition to stringing together vibrant characters and locales, Microphone is a rich depiction of some of the most exceptional non-professional musicians the city has to offer. Just as dazzling as the music they create, their performances come to life in the film’s myriad sequences of action shots. Abdalla overcomes the difficult task of juggling differing aesthetics and disciplines, and the outcome is a dynamic yet self-effacing travelogue that makes viewers feel as though they are right in the middle of the excitement.

Followed by skype Q&A session with the director!

Ahmad Abdalla was born in Cairo, Egypt and studied classic music and the viola throughout the nineties. He began his career in film working as an editor for commercial films and documentaries. His features include Heliopolis (09), which screened at the Festival, and Microphone (10).

Full Credits
Principal Cast: Khaled Abol Naga, Menna Shalabi, Yosra El Lozy, Hany Adel, Ahmad Magdy, Atef Yousef
Producer: Mohamed Hefzy, Khaled Abol Naga
Cinematographer: Tarek Hefny
Editor: Hisham Saqr
Sound: Ahmed Mustafa Saleh
Production Designer: Hany Saqr

Production Company: Film Clinic – Egypt

About 3rd i NY
3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

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3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.