Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)
Critic Consensus: Infused with cultural and political concerns, this film weaves together a rich tapestry of musical styles that celebrate the diversity that makes up contemporary Turkish life.
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Critic Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Crossing the Bridge does more than offer a wide variety of entertaining and intoxicating Turkish music. It also uses music to paint a portrait of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and provide a window into a rich and varied national culture.
The music is gorgeous, and Akin's feverish camera shows an exile's love of the beautiful, crumbling but energized city as he pokes around its crevices, looking for recombinations of old and new, here and there.
Even as Crossing the Bridge acknowledges differences, tensions, the provocative power music exerts on our hearts, it makes an elegant, head-bopping, hip-swaying argument that sound unifies.
It's a heady, occasionally free-floating mix, and a feast for music lovers.
Akin's documentary gets its legs from the subtle questions it raises about Turkey's politics, nationalism, religious identity, cultural integrity and international perception.
Audience Reviews for Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
This is a very interesting documentary for anyone who like music, culture, and the boundries that those things help us cross.
Beautiful documentary about the music in the crossroads of Istanbul. The Turkish singer, Anya, is amazing.
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