Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 film/documentary directed by Fatih Akın.

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 film/documentary directed by Fatih Akın. The film is a journey through the music scene in modern Istanbul, Turkey as well as portraying its cultural life. It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

It features German musician Alexander Hacke (member of Einstürzende Neubauten) as the narrator. Hacke and Akın travelled around Istanbul with a mobile recording studio and a microphone, assembling an inspired portrait of Turkish music — from arabesque to indie rock and rap.

Among the featured artists in the film are (in order of appearance):

Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Ayben, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selcuk, Brenna MacCrimmon, Selim Sesler, Siyasiyabend, Nur Ceylan, Aynur Doğan, Orhan Gencebay, Müzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu, Sertab Erener.




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