Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Ahmad Abdalla (Egypt, 2010)
When Khaled returns to his native Alexandria from his studies in the United States, he has difficulty finding his place until he discovers a vibrant underground youth culture of skateboarders, hip-hop musicians, female rockers, and graffiti artists. Tagged “highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema” by critic Robert Koehler, the kinetic, colorful Microphone is a modern-day city symphony, a documentary embedded in a light fictional framework. The young people play themselves and collaborated on the script, amplifying their experiences as underground artists and musicians.
• Written by Abdalla. Photographed by Tarek Hefny. With Khaled Abol Naga, Atef Yousef, Hany Adel, Yosra El Lozy. (120 mins, In Arabic with English subtitles, Color, Digital Video)
The Journey of Stones (Seydou Cissé, Mali, 2012). (Faraw ka taama). Once a young boy magically animated stones; now an older woman tells her daughter the story of the building of the Markala Bridge. (In Bambara with English subtitles, Color, 11 mins, DigiBeta, From Le Fresnoy)
Total running time: 131 mins