When a Woman Sings (Indamā tughannī al-marʼah)

When a Woman Sings (Indamā tughannī al-marʼah)
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Mustafa Hasnaoui | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2003 | Rating: NR

When a woman sings is volume seven in the Women Pioneers collection, a film series exploring the impact that a number of remarkable women have made on the Arab world in a variety of fields throughout the early part of the twentieth century. The film examines the impact singers Umm Kulthum and Mounira El-Mahdeya had on Egyptian politics and society during the first half of the 20th century. Through classic film clips, interviews with musicians and scholars, and taped interviews with the two singers themselves, we learn just how far-reaching their influence was.

Dumūʻ al-Shaykhāt; Le Blues des Shikhates

Dumūʻ al-Shaykhāt; Le Blues des Shikhates
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Ali Essafi | Language: Arabic, English, English Subtitles | Length: 52 minutes | Country: Morocco | Year: 2004 | Rating: NR

The female Moroccan musicians known as sheikhates sing about the realities of life — about the land, nature, wars, mountains, crises and, of course, they sing about love. In short, their music represents the heritage of Morocco. Director Ali Essafi offers a marvelous portrait of the daily lives of these regional folk singers, exploring how their music has evolved over the years — along with society’s acceptance of the women who perform this music in public.

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
Genre: Documentary | Director: Joshua Asen, Jennifer Needleman | Language: Arabic, French, English, English Subtitles | Length: 80 minutes | Country: Morocco | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

Our story begins with a group of Moroccan Hip Hop artists who share a single dream: to rock a professional concert for a hometown crowd. Unfortunately, resistance is strong in their society and resources scarce. With the help of the American filmmaker, they appeal to the American Embassy for funding and begin the journey that will leave to the “I Love Hip Hop in Morocco’ festival.

This film reflects the thoughts and dreams of the true future of the Arab world: its youth. These are not the images portrayed by the media, these are the real people. And their views on America, Islam, and the world in general, might surprise a few people around the globe.

Free for available online streaming here.

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