Screen/Society--Muslim Film Series--"Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul"
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
(Fatih Akin, 2005, 90 min, Germany/ Turkey, Turkish, German, Kurdish, English with English subtitles, Color, DVD)
An infectiously enjoyable survey of contemporary Turkish music, Crossing the Bridge feels like something of a gift, as if the director had decided to burn some of his favorite songs for his newfound friends, the world-cinema audience. Although the film ranges far and wide musically and geographically - from the tongue-trippingly fast rap of Istanbul to the soulful Romany instrumentals and haunting Kurdish dirges in outlying towns - Mr. Akin never strays far from the idea that making and, by extension, appreciating music is itself identity-forming. (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times)
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsors: The Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Franklin Humanities Institute, Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University Libraries, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)