A bold example of new north African cinema, Microphone mixes and remixes fiction and cinema verité as it follows an Egyptian expatriate’s return to Alexandria, where he dives into a thriving underground scene.
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If one film could dramatize this year's Arab Spring revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and around North Africa and the Gulf in a story about youth, democracy and offering a voice of freedom, Microphone is it. Directed by Ahmad Adballa, this allegorical narrative about Alexandria artists and musicians aspiring to stage a small performance is caught up in a struggle to find a venue for it in a cri de coeur from Egypt's youth.