Underground/On the Surface (Trailer)
This film explores the 'mahragan' music scene through the lives of three young musicians. 'Mahragan' is a style of music that emerged from the most marginalised neighbourhoods of Cairo and became more widely listened to after the 2011 revolution. However, it is not overtly political. Rather, the lyrics deal with everyday life and the concerns of people living in such neighbourhoods. The music is a fusion of Egyptian folk styles and Westernized instruments, with a high tempo beat.
The film explores what motivates the men as well as their creativity in making this music on a low budget. It also highlights issues of class and classism in contemporary Egypt.
Dubai International Film Festival, published via YouTube.com
Salma El-Tarzi , “Underground/On the Surface (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed December 7, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/208.