‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 26, 2015*: In 2007 Ukrainian-born artist and Duke University MFA student Anna Kipervaser conceived a multimedia documentary project about collective and individual voice — as seen through the lens of the 1,400 year-old tradition of the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) and the muezzins who recite it. By […]

“Cairo,” “From This Day” to bow at Full Frame

“Cairo,” “From This Day” to bow at Full Frame

March 11, 2015 by Manori Ravindran Anna Kipervaser’s Cairo in One Breath (pictured) and Sharon Shattuck’s From This Day Forward are among 25 documentaries receiving world and North American premieres at the 18th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Durham, North Carolina-based event – which runs from April 9 to 12 – has revealed […]

Technology and the Sacred

Technology and the Sacred

In 2007 Ukrainian-born artist Anna Kipervaser began work on a multimedia documentary project about the muezzins who recite the Muslim call to prayer (the adhan) in Cairo. In 2009, the project came to encompass a feature length documentary film for which filming completed in 2012. The film documents the tradition of the adhan at a moment of transformation in the region. After 1,400 years, wireless receivers are starting to replace muezzins in reciting the call for prayer in Cairo, though revolution and continued political unrest halts their inspection and maintenance.

Interview: Art As an Interfaith Dialogue

Interview: Art As an Interfaith Dialogue

By Back to Religion Editor “Following a six month long immigration from Communist Ukraine in 1989, my family and I arrived to the United States as refugees, with simple hope for a better life where food and water were available and a little freedom, too. Ten years later, when I chose to study Fine Art, […]

TheRevealer.org | Decibels and Debate: Unifying Egypt’s Call to Prayer

TheRevealer.org | Decibels and Debate: Unifying Egypt’s Call to Prayer

by Maurice Chammah   Just before the sun rises in Cairo, and four more times every day, the air fills with a mass of amplified voices. “God is greater. God is greater. I testify that there is no god but God.” Like a Bach fugue, the voices mix confidently in melodies careening upward, some reaching […]

Arabist.net | Voices and faces of the Adhan: Cairo

Arabist.net | Voices and faces of the Adhan: Cairo

by Issandr El Amrani This film about the call to prayer in Cairo sounds cool — it looks at the project to unify the Adhan (on the grounds that the cacophony of different mosques was disagreable, I suppose). I actually love hearing the dissonant Adhans of Cairo, particularly when in the medieval part of the city […]