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Microphone (Trailer)


Feature Film


This film, directed by Ahmad Abdalla, is considered to have anticipated the 25 January 2011 revolution. It highlights the underground youth culture scene in Alexandria and reveals the frustrations of young people living in a repressive society, who are prevented from expressing themselves through art and music. The independent band Massar Egbari make an appearance.
The main protagonist is Khaled, played by Khaled Abol Naga. When he returns to Alexandria after years of being away from Egypt, he discovers that it is too late to rekindle relationships with his old love and his aging father. Self absorbed, he roams the city and stumbles across the underground art and music scene. He is mesmerized by the discovery of this world and his life gradually changes.
The film was awarded the Golden Tulip Award in the Istanbul film festival, The Golden Tanit at the Carthage film festival, Best Arab Film at the Cairo International Film Festival and the award for the Best editing for Hisham Saqr at the Dubai Film Festival.


Ahmad Abdalla


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Date Created



Ahmad Abdalla, “Microphone (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed June 21, 2024,

Output Formats


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Voice off screen: “Let’s go”
Khaled Abo El Naga: “I want you to help me put together a file of all the indie bands in Alexandria”
Voice off screen: “What are your names?”
Magdy (off screen): “Magdy and this is Salma”
Salma: “We make musical films”
Hany Adel: “Hadeer? Mate, do you know how many guys she’s been with in the few years you’ve been away?
Khaled Abo El Naga: “It seems this whole time I’ve been working to come back to the country, you’ve been working to leave it”
Menna Shalabi: “I don’t have anything here anymore. Alexandria is over for me”
Male voice off screen: “There’s about 30 metal and rock bands in Alexandria”
Khaled Abo El Naga: “I wish we could something for them…give them a voice”
Hip hop group [together]: “What’s the problem?”
Government official: “At the end of the day we are a country with freedom of expression”
Hany Adel: “Tell me about her”
Salma: “Could you lower the philosophy a bit, please?”
Khaled Abo El Naga: “You don’t understand what I’m going through”
Magdy: “You could have told me from the start and we wouldn’t have worked at all”
Hany Adel: “Are you smoking something?”
Older man: “What do you want Khaled?”
Government official: “Stop stop stop stop! switch that thing off!”
Khaled Abo El Naga: “What is going on!”