Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul | Chicago Reader

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This lively 2005 documentary by German-Turkish director Fatih Akin (Head On) follows bassist Alexander Hacke of Einsturzende Neubauten through the crumbling streets of Istanbul to present a dynamic and wide-ranging portrait of the ancient city's musical riches. The intimate performance footage ranges from more traditional sounds to Turkish iterations of global styles like rock, hip-hop, and electronica, delivering commentary on the nation's conflicted status as a bridge between Europe and Asia that's even more poignant than the passionate and informative interviews. Among the featured artists are rock pioneer Erkin Koray, the powerful Kurdish singer Aynur, polyglot DJ Mercan Dede, and arabesk legend Orhan Gencebay. 92 min.
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Director: Fatih Akin
Writer: Fatih Akin
Producer: Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel and Sandra Harzer-Kux

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