Underground/On The Surface

Director: Salma El Tarzi
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Director Salma El Tarzi won the Best Director award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.
The film had a sold-out premiere in Cairo.
The film received a fund from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
First Documentary to be commercially released in Egyptian cinemas since 2011.
The film highlights the accelerated growth of shaabi music and the rising of Oka and Ortega to stardom.
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2013 / Egypt68 min/ Documentary
Original Title
Ele Beheb Rabena Yerfaa Edoh lefook
The documentary highlights the growth of shaabi music which has been expanding most recently under the name mahraganat music (festivals music) in the heels of the 25th January revolution. Following the underground shaabi music scene, known as ’mahraganat’, the film focuses on the surge of popularity this genre received following the revolution; Oka, Ortega, and Wezza, three of the movement’s most prominent artists, are suddenly put under the spotlight, so the question is: will they be able to preserve their identity as independent artists?
Screenwriter: Salma El Tarzi
DOP: Salma El Tarzi
Editor: Salma El Tarzi
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Production Company(ies)
Aker Productions
Mohamed El Tohami
film festivals
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Malmö Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Egypt - smART Mobile Film Festival
International Summer Festival of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center, Egypt
Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC), Egypt
L'Heure D'Hiver in Brussels, Belgium
film awards
Best Director award (Salma El Tarzi) at ‎the Dubai International Film Festival