Microphone

Director: Ahmad Abdalla
Country: Egypt
Year: 2010
Running Time: 120 min.
Language: Arabic

Microphone is a sparkling mash-up of shooting styles that tells the story of Khaled, who returns to his native Alexandria after a long stay in the United States and becomes enmeshed in a thriving underground arts scene after he chances upon a cooperative of young musicians. Completed prior to the remarkable social unrest that ultimately ousted President Mubarak, the film is nonetheless highly radical in the context of contemporary Arabic cinema and should not be missed by anyone with even a passing interest in North African affairs.

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