Directed by: Farid Eslam
From the early days of the Arab Spring that sparked high hopes for change, to the years of instability and political tension that followed, this compelling documentary follows the stories of young prominent underground artists from across the Middle East. Living within societies fraught with political tension and social paradox, these progressive musicians and artists struggle for change and to promote more liberal attitudes through their often controversial, political art. From young female artists in Egypt overturning the norms by living alone, to the persecution of a famous Lebanese musician for singing against the political leader, director Farid Eslam paints a picture of a new generation of young Arabs challenging both old and new realities with passion and admirable perseverance. Despite their diverse backgrounds and their use of different mediums and genres, they fight for the same core principles: freedom, individuality, independence. Setting up images reminiscent of old photographs, Eslam creates a nostalgic, almost lyrical atmosphere that reels the viewer in to this strange and captivating underground world that plays, and will continue to play, such an important role in challenging and evolving Arab societies.