Screen/Society--Middle East Film Series: "Arts of the Revolution"--"Microphone"
(Ahmad Abdalia, 2010, 120 min, Egypt, in Arabic w/ English subtitles, Color, DVD)
-- Introduced by Prof. Ellen McLarney (AMES); Q&A to follow!
When Khaled (Khaled Abol Naga) returns to his native Alexandria after years of travel he finds a much-changed city. Khaled tries to restore ties with both his father and his former lover but soon realizes that his efforts are in vain. While walking the streets of Alexandria, he stumbles across the underground art scene with its street musicians, skateboarders and graffiti artists. It's not long before their story intertwines with Khaled's and he discovers himself once again through the world of art and music. Microphone is the second feature film by Egyptian film director, editor and screenwriter Ahmad Abdalla.
-- The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010 and has since received many international awards including the Golden Tulip from the Istanbul International Film Festival in 2011, the Best Arabic-language film Award from the Cairo International Film Festival 2010 and the Tanit d'Or from Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage 2010.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Duke University Middle East Studies Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI). This event is part of the Arts of the Revolution series with funding from the Mellon Foundation.