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Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music plus rock and hip-hop. Written by
Rivalry amongst various Turkish musicians as to who was going to be in the film was very intense. Percussionist Burhan Öçal told the press that he was featured heavily. His remarks led to several other musicians pulling out of the project as they didn't want Ocal to get more time than them. Ironically, Ocal didn't make the final cut at all. See more »
The end credits are shown in old vinyl record sleeves moving to the rhythm of a Turkish version of Madonna's "Music" song. The record sleeves show the original Turkish pictures from the 60-80's but the modified texts for the crew displayed in proper old fonts. See more »
Documentary at its best: Meet the people and sounds of Istanbul
This film offers you a fascinating trip through one of the most exiting cities of today - Istanbul - and its musicians. Do not expect a compilation of Turkish folklore or anything like that. Alexander Hacke, a German musician and member of the cult band "Einstürzende Neubauten" travels to Istanbul to get to know the music scene. His sparse voice overs of what he experiences are a guiding line through the film. But mainly German-Turkish director Faith Akin lets various artists from Istanbul do the talking - and of course their music.
You meet a variety of personalities, big stars and street musicians, young and old, people playing many different musical styles. But this movie does not only introduce you to the sound of Istanbul. It also draws a compelling picture of Istanbul today and how Turkey has forged ahead in the last decade. The film characterises its protagonists with subtle humour, but never without respect. All of them share a passion for music and the belief in its power.
Akin again shows his talent to portray diversity lightheartedly when he brings you close to completely different musical scenes. After his award winning feature film "Gegen die Wand" (Head on) Faith Akin proves with "Crossing the Bridge" that he is equally able to touch, entertain and guide his audience in a documentary. If you have never been in Istanbul, you will want to go there after having seen the film.
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