Award-winning director Fatih Akin returns from the success of Head-On with a musical odyssey and, along with Alexander Hacke, takes us on a unique journey through Istanbul, looking at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music along with rock and hip-hop. Crossing The Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is an absorbing portrait of the city that bridges Europe and Asia and continues the themes raised in Head-On by challenging notions of east and west. Hacke captures a variety of sounds on his magic mike and returns home with a musical treasure in his baggage that is the sound of Istanbul. See and listen to the neo-psychedelic band Baba Zulu, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock groups Duman and Replikas, Turkey's answer To Public Enemy Ceza, renowned clarinetist Selim Sessler, the 'Elvis of Arabesque' Orhan Gencebay, and legendary divas Muzeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu, and more.
Alexander Hacke, Ahmed Ulug, Cem Yegul, Mehmed Ulug, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Peyote Hasan, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Ayben, Istanbul Style Breakers, MercanDede, Selcuk, Brenna MacCrimmon, Selim Sesler, Siyasiyabend, Nur Ceylan, Aynur Dogan
- Crossing The Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul review by JD
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The presentation leaves a little to be desired. A less than photogenic, needy, attention seeking music lover compiles a documentary of a huge range of bands of Istanbul including some traditional Kurdish and Romany together with contemporary, more Western, rap. The theme is the fusion of Eastern with Western influences. It is thoughtful and interesting but really could have done with better direction.