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Saturday, October 15 • 8:30pm - 10:15pm
Yallah! Underground - Preceded by Thiaroye by the Sea

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Farid Eslam
2015 | 85 mins
Countries of Production: Multiple
Countries Featured: Multiple
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F28

Through exuberant performances and heartfelt interviews, this film goes deep into the world of alternative Arab music before and during the upheavals of the Arab Spring. Singers, rockers, rappers, and music producers from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine grapple with conditions out of step with the freedom they seek—to make music in their own way without fear of repression by political or religious authorities. They seem driven less by anger than longing, while also aware of the power of music to transform. As one Ramallah musician puts it, “A bullet would make big sound, a song would make bigger, so I think it’s just switching from a gun to a guitar but the aim is the same.”

Co-presented by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU 

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Preceded by: Thiaroye by the Sea

Devin Thomas
2016 | 16 mins
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: Senegal
US Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30 pm | Program F28

A Senegalese woman living in the sprawl of Dakar pursues a career as a rapper against all odds. A generation ago, the culture reprimanded women for dancing, let alone freestyling. Footage from her music videos and stunning urban landscapes combine in the soft-spoken portrait Thiaroye by the Sea.

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Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 10:15pm

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