Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Release date:June 9, 2006

Studio:Strand Releasing

Director:Fatih Akin

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman , Replikas , Erkin Koray, Ceza , Istanbul Style Breakers, MercanDede , Selim Sesler Brenna MacGrimmon, Siyasiyabend , Orhan Gencebay, Müzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu

Genre:Documentary, Music

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Plot Summary:

A European musician and composer sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. A lover of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke (of the German avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mike" to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". As he wanders through this seductive world, Alex collects impressions and tracks by artists such as neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock groups Duman and Replikas, maverick rocker Erkin Koray, Ceza (Turkey’s answer to Public Enemy), breakdance performers Istanbul Style Breakers, digital dervish Mercan Dede, renowned clarinetist Selim Sesler, Canadian folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon, street performers Siyasiyabend, Kurdish singer Aynur, the "Elvis of Arabesque" Orhan Gencebay, and legendary divas Müzeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu.