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A man trying to make sense of his life finds some answers in art in this upbeat story from director Ahmad Abdalla. Khaled (Khaled Abol Naga) was born and raised in Egypt, but decided to give the United States a try for a few years. Khaled found America to be a poor fit for him, but when he comes back home, he still feels like an outcast; his elderly father is unhappy with him, and his former girlfriend Hadeer (Menna Shalabi) has no use for him, or Egypt in general. However, Khaled discovers his town now has a thriving underground music and performance scene, and as he immerses himself in the creative community of hip-hop, indie rock, graffiti, performance art and digital filmmaking, he finds a place where he fits in and feels creatively challenged at the same time. Microphone received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. … More
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Time will tell if Microphone, padded with protest songs, is a snapshot of pre-2011 Egypt or a momentary stand for the freedom of expression.
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