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Ahmad Abdalla
Egypt 2010 | 120 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with: Ahmad Abdalla

Upon return­ing to his native Alexan­dria after trav­el­ing abroad in the United States for sev­er­al years, Khaled dis­cov­ers that time has altered and sev­ered many of his prior rela­tion­ships, namely between him and his former flame, Hadeer. Feel­ing alone and reject­ed, 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 becomes 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. MICROPHONE is a rich depic­tion of some of the most excep­tion­al non­pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians the city has to offer.