Microphone

Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in "Microphone."

With:
With: Khaled Abol Naga, Atef Yousef, Hany Adel, Yosra El-Lozy, Ahmed Magdy, Menna Shalabi, Yousry Nasrallah, Mahmoud El Lozy, Mohamed Saleh.

Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. Though the film is ultimately rather slight and slapdash, its cultural importance is undeniable, making it a desirable title for fest programmers if not buyers.

Having spent a few years in the States, Khaled (lead and co-producer Khaled Abol Naga) finds things are all shook up once he returns to bustling Alexandria. Even as his former g.f., Hadeer (Menna Shalabi), has given up on the place, Khaled stumbles upon a community of young musicians and artists working in multiple media, including a documentary crew that takes an interest in him. Khaled’s character remains undefined, reduced to a guy simply reacting to phenomena around him, but Abdalla’s visualized fascination with the city’s urban energy is a magnetic force despite the simplistic script.

Microphone

Egypt

Production: A United Artistic Group presentation of a Film Clinic production. Produced by Mohamed Hefzy. Co-producer, Khaled Abol Naga. Directed, written by Ahmad Abdalla.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Tarek Hefny; editor, Hisham Saqr; music, Massar Egbari, Y-Crew, Mascara, Sout Fel Zahman; production designer, Amgad Naguib. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Vanguard), Sept. 14, 2010. Running time: 121 MIN.

Cast: With: Khaled Abol Naga, Atef Yousef, Hany Adel, Yosra El-Lozy, Ahmed Magdy, Menna Shalabi, Yousry Nasrallah, Mahmoud El Lozy, Mohamed Saleh.

More Scene

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:

    'Stranger Things' Team Offers Glimpses Into Season 3 at Netflix FYSee

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • 'Pose' TV show premiere

    Ryan Murphy Wants 'Pose' to Be 'Uplifting' for LGBTQ Community in Trump Era

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • Miguel Santos, Jeannie Mai, Kulap Vilaysack,

    Veena Sud on Increasing Asian-American Representation in Hollywood: 'This Has to Be a Movement'

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • "Wild Wild Country" Netflix FYSee

    'Wild Wild Country': Ma Anand Sheela Talks New Online Support and Criticism After Netflix Docuseries

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • DISNEY CHANNEL - "Disney Channel GO!

    Disney Channel Stars Meet With Fans at First Ever Fan Fest

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • Sweet Spots Post-Cannes Retreats: Portugal, Provence

    Sweet Spots for Post-Cannes Retreats: Portugal, Provence and London

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

  • Debra Birnbaum, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch,

    Women of Netflix, Gabrielle Carteris on the Need for Female Mentorship in TV

    Hip-hop, scratching, tagging and the whole international youth art scene prove truly global in Ahmad Abdalla’s “Microphone,” a free and easy follow-up feature to his eye-catching debut, “Heliopolis.” This depiction of a returning exile discovering an underground artists’ movement in his native Alexandria is highly radical in the context of contempo Egyptian and Arabic cinema. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content