Art Alert: Yallah! Underground to screen at Cairo’s Zawya

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Aug 2016

The film premiered in 2015 and follows some of the Arab world's most progressive musicians

Yallah! Underground
(Photo: Fragment from the film's poster)

Yallah! Underground will be screened at Cairo’s arthouse cinema, Zawya, on Monday.

Directed by Farid Eslam and filmed between 2009 and 2013, the film follows “some of the most influential and progressive artists in Arab underground culture and document(s) their work, dreams and fears in an ever-changing environment,” reads a press-release issued by Zawya.

“During the Arab Spring, like many others of this new generation, local artists had high hopes for the future and took part in the protests. However, after years of turmoil and instability, young Arabs now have to challenge both old and new problems, being torn between feelings of disillusion and a vague hope for a better future,” reads the film synopsis on IMDb.

The film features musicians Zeid Hamdan, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maii Waleed, Ousso Lotfy, Mahmoud Radaideh, among others.

Yallah! Underground made its premiere at the 2015 Visions du Reel Film Festival in Switzerland, and won the 2015 Hessian Film Award for Best Documentary.

Monday 29 August, 7:30pm

Zawya, behind Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown Cairo

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