"Politicians are stealing our dreams. Artists can bring it back to us." (From the film)


SUMMARY

An inspiring new generation of Arab artists and musicians fight for their right to creative self expression in this fascinating -and musically electrifying!- journey through the Arab world's underground scene.

Meet a new generation of young people from across the Middle East who yearn to be able to do things differently. Poets, rappers and musicians, they seek to creatively express their discontent with outdated political systems and cultural norms they feel don't serve them. Filmed between 2009 and 2013, Yallah! Underground follows some of the region's most interesting and subversive music makers and captures the unique music they make. Hip hop, rock, electronica and traditional instruments all feed into these original sounds. It is a fascinating document of their work, dreams and fears at a time of great change for Arab societies. The stakes are high as they negotiate bans, censorship and even jail. Featuring a great soundtrack that will have you dancing in your seat, Yallah! Underground invites us to take a look beyond mainstream media portrayals into the real lives of young people finding a voice against the odds.

FESTIVALS

2015 RAINDANCE FESTIVAL, CPH: DOX

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Farid Eslam was born in Germany and grew up in and around Frankfurt. After graduating from high school he moved to Prague, Czech Republic. He is a graduate of FAMU, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His work as director includes many music videos and commercials. In 2014 he co-directed with Oliver Waldhauer Istanbul United (2014), a documentary about the Gezi Protests.

CREDITS


  • Director
    FARID ESLAM
  • Screenplay
    FARID ESLAM
  • Cinematography
    PROKOP SOUCEK
  • Editing
    JAKUB VOMACKA
  • Cast
    Zeid Hamdan,Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Karim Adel Eissa a.k.a. Rush (Arabian Knightz), Marc Codsi & Mayaline Hage (Lumi), Maii Waleed Yassin, Ostaz Samm, Ousso Lotfy, Shadi Zaqtan, Walaa Sbait, Bruno Cruz, Ibrahim Farouk (Asfalt), and more
  • Participant(s)
    ZEID HAMDAN, TAMER ABU GHAZALEH, KARIM ADEL EISSA A.K.A. RUSH (ARABIAN KNIGHTZ), MARC CODSI & MAYALINE HAGE (LUMI), MAII WALEED YASSIN, OSTAZ SAMM, OUSSO LOTFY, SHADI ZAQTAN, WALAA SBAIT, BRUNO CRUZ, IBRAHIM FAROUK (ASFALT)
  • Producer
    FARID ESLAM, DANA WILSON, DINA HARB
  • Production Co.
    MIND RIOT MEDIA, MORTAL COIL MEDIA, BIRTHMARK FILMS, FAMU
  • Distributor
    STRAY DOGS,