An urban musical drama that looks into the thriving arts underground in Alexandria, a historic city that is little seen in Egyptian movies. Presenting a microcosm of the youth of the Arab spring – and interweaving actors with actual filmmakers, graffiti artists, skateboarders and hip hop musicians – Microphone is an intriguing portrait of a vibrant subculture, studded with dazzling performances. [Synopsis courtesy Toronto International Film Festival]

Director: Ahmad Abdalla

Film showing: May 11, 2012

Official website: Microphone

Awards: Best Arabic Movie at the Cairo Film Festival; Best Editor at the Dubai Film Festival

RT: 116 mins

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