Electro Chaabi

  • Electro Chaabi
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2013
Format : Feature
Running time : 77 (in minutes)

Cairo's wedding festival music is made over in a hyper collision of hip-hop, electro, and folk called "mahraganat," which flourishes across social classes following the revolution.

A film by: Hind Meddeb

France/Tunisie/Egypte - Documentary - 2013 - 1hr17 Minutes - Color HD - Arabic

While Egypt has traditionally been the beating heart of classical Arabic music, with legendary singers such as Oum Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez, a new craze is taking over the Arab world's most populous nation: Electro Shaabi. Inspired by the down-and-dirty music played at street parties and weddings, this new populist dance form combines a punk spirit with a hip hop attitude set against a furious cascade of drums, bass and electronic vocals.

If feature-length documentaries such as Buena Vista Social Club helped introduce world audiences to the lost golden melodies of Cuban music, director Hind Meddeb is bringing the furious, sweaty rhythms of downtown Cairo to global ears with Electro Shaabi. While the beats are designed to get your feet moving, the lyrics, often laced with revolutionary fervour, offer insights into the mindset of today's restless Egyptian youth. Unlike anything you've seen (or heard) before.

Director: Hind Meddeb
Country: Egypt
Year: 2013
Running Time: 77 minutes

Producer: Karim Boutros Ghali
Screenplay: Hind Meddeb
Cinematographers: Hind Meddeb, Omar Khodier
Editor: Gilles Bovon
Music: Ahmad Capaoré
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Yes

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BFI London Film Festival 2013

Apt 2013, France

Rotterdam IFF 2014

Göteborg IFF 2014

Seattle IFF 2014


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