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Electro Chaabi

Egypt | 2013 | 77 minutes | Hind Meddeb

Cairo's wedding festival music is made over in a hyper collision of hip-hop, electro, and folk called "mahraganat," which flourishes across social classes following the revolution.

May 24, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 25, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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On the margins of the cultural revolution that swept over Egypt, in the poorest neighborhoods of Cairo, an electrifying version of Arab hip hop has evolved out of the popular music known as chaabi. Mahraganat, Arabic for "festivals," is a raucous and addictive blend of traditional music and rap, set against a furious cascade of drums, bass, and electronic vocals. The singing is fast, often improvised, and the subjects range from hashish, sex, and friendship to poverty and political betrayal. In a country where 50% of Egyptians are under the age of 25, and at a time of major social upheaval, mahraganat has become a phenomenon. With a population of 85 million, Egypt is the Arab world's most populous nation and its largest music market; it songs rack up millions of views on YouTube, are featured in Arab films and television commercials, and can be heard as cell phone ring tones and at sprawling concert venues. Director Hind Meddeb profiles the young men behind the music-Sadat, Oka & Ortega, Weza, Fig, Chipsy, and Amra Haha-and the impact of their sound on their country as well as on their own lives.

Director Biography

Hind Meddeb is a French-Tunisian journalist and director. She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and earned a masters in philosophy from the University of Paris X-Nanterre. In 2005, Meddeb received the Daniel Pearl Award for multiculturalism through journalism, music and modern communication technologies.

Sponsored by EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM, Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Director: Hind Meddeb
Country: Egypt, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 77 minutes
Producer: Karim Boutros Ghali
Screenplay: Hind Meddeb
Cinematographers: Hind Meddeb, Omar Khodier
Editors: Gilles Bovon
Music: Ahmad Capaoré
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: De Casa au paradis (Doc, 2008)
Language: Arabic
HasSubTitles: Yes
International Sales: Monoduo Films
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