Cairo Jazzman

  • 82'
  • Germany
  • 2017

“Jazz is more than just a style of music”, says Amr Salah. “It’s about freedom.” Salah, a jazz pianist, is an enthusiastic promoter of the genre. Every year he organises the Cairo Jazz Festival, but doesn’t view himself as a festival director: he is first and foremost a musician and fan.
In this documentary, people close to Salah such as his fellow musicians and proud parents discuss his passion. In Egypt, jazz attracts a conspicuously young audience, emphasising the chasm between them and the older generation who rule the country. The authorities therefore provide almost no support to Salah’s jazz festival. The film follows him during the run-up to the festival and various major and minor problems crop up. “Egypt is full of surprises”, he observes when one of the locations suddenly becomes unavailable mere days before the festival. Luckily, as a jazz musician he is good at improvising.

Free admission.

Director
Atef Ben Bouzid
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
82'
Medium
File
Languages
English, German, French, Arabic
Producers
Atef Ben Bouzid, Sebastian Leitner
Production Companies
Icke Kreuzberg Productions, SLFilm
Sales
Icke Kreuzberg Productions
Screenplay
Atef Ben Bouzid
Cinematography
Francesca Araiza Andrade, Michael Brain
Editor
Sebastian Leitner
Sound Design
Jonas Petersen
Music
Adam Lukas, Tim Hendrik Haase
Cast
Amr Salah
Website
www.cairojazzman.com

Programme IFFR 2017

Scopitone

The Scopitone programme (admission free) shows remarkable music documentaries in the Kleine Zaal of the Rotterdam Schouwburg. The fifth edition of this series of film will again be introduced by music connoisseur and film collector Fenno Werkman, and includes the documentaries Blackhearts (Norway, 2016) and Cairo Jazzman (Germany, 2017).

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