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VOICES AND FACES: CAIRO
My friend is making a documentary on the 1,400 year old Muslim call to prayer, and they’re in desperate need of money. Here’s their kickstarter, please consider backing it if you can. Thank you very much, and sorry for the spam.
Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo is a feature-length documentary film examining the 1,400-year-old oral tradition of the Muslim call to prayer.
Adhan: the Muslim call to prayer
Muezzin: one who recites the adhan, calling believers to prayer five times daily
There are over 30,000 paid and volunteer muezzins in Cairo
The film follows the muezzins of Cairo — the voices of the city — as the tradition of the adhan, and Egypt itself, undergo crucial changes.
We believe everyone can connect with the very human stories of our individual muezzins. In this way we see the film as an opportunity for intercultural dialogue between the West and the Middle East, at a time when it’s greatly needed.
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“In my opinion it’s a shame that there is so much work in the world. One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.” - William Faulkner
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This is a cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City. Dark Days is a documentary that enables its viewers to confront poverty on a human level by presenting its subjects, for the most part, like anyone else, living lives, despite their socioeconomic difference, relatable to our own. Shot in inky black and white, like a newspaper with graffiti typeface, and accompanied by experimental hip-hop maestro DJ Shadow’s music, the film’s bleak content is smartly aestheticized by these accoutrements, at once strengthening its sense of time and place and making the film more palatable and marketable. Being rereleased for its 10-year anniversary, Dark Days’s Metropolis-like setup, where the rich live in rising towers and the poor underground, may well be all the more relevant today given the widening gulf between the haves and have-nots and the economic storm that we all must try and weather.
This is John Pilger’s second major film for cinema, after his 2006 award-winning The War on Democracy. A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, The War You Don’t See traces the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an ‘electronic battlefield.’ But who is the real enemy today?
In many of the threads on this forum and others I’ve seen references to these three films: The Corporation, Inside Job, and Why We Fight. These are three great documentary films and they can all be watched for free on FilmsForAction.org
The Light Bulb Conspiracy is a documentary about planned obsolescence—the process by which manufacturers purposely shorten the life of their products, in order to force consumers to buy them over again. This is basically the best argument for socialism I’ve ever seen.