Overview

Genre
Music, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, Portrait, and Reality
Synopsis

Maverick underground American/Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies), lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band, The Invisible Hands.
Structured around fly-on-the-wall scenes, archival ghost apparitions, absurd cameos, and poetic diary narrations by Bishop and unfolding between the two critical elections that marked the post "Arab Spring” period in Egypt, the film juxtaposes the tragicomedy of politics and art-making in a troubled periphery.

Stage
finished
Running time
97 minutes

Credits

  • Marina Gioti ... Director, Producer, Editor, Story
  • Georges Salameh ... Co-Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
VERTIGINOUS / theinvisiblehandsfilm@gmail.com
Country
Greece
Years of Production
2017
Locations
EGYPT
Prod. Partners
HAOS FILMS

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
BERLINALE FORUM EXPANDED (2018) - THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (2018)
Distribution
VERTIGINOUS
Language
ARABIC - ENGLISH
Subtitles
ENGLISH - GREEK

Photos

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