Technology and the Sacred Voice

Technology and the Sacred Voice

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.

Season’s Greetings – Newsletter December 2013

Season’s Greetings – Newsletter December 2013

First Snow in Egypt in 100 Years! Some things are hard to believe! For example, the snow in Egypt. And also, we are almost done with the film! Other things that are hard to believe don’t quite make us smile, yet we hope that the difficult times in the region end soon, and that the […]

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, […]

Tradition, revolution, technology, and the power of collective voice in Cairo

motaw: moving out to another world By Valentino Luca Anna Kipervaser and On Look Films have just finished filming the feature-length documentary film, VOICES AND FACES OF THE ADHAN: CAIRO, examining the 1,400-year-old oral tradition of the Muslim call to prayer. The film follows the muezzins of Cairo — the voices of the city — as […]

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

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 […]

PRESS RELEASE – On Look Films and Nigel J. Hetherington of Past Preservers Join Forces

On Look Films announces the addition of renowned archaeologist and TV producer Nigel J. Hetherington, founder of media and heritage consultancy company Past Preservers, as advisor to the documentary film project Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo. Nigel has been consulting with the producers of On Look Films since the project’s infancy, and now in his […]

Muezzin Voices of the Adhan, Islamic Call to Prayer, Soon to be Silenced

At Its Best: Investigative Journalism By Jennifer Karchmer In These Financially Trying Times, We Need Assertive, Go-Get ‘Em Storytellers, Like Anna Kipervaser… … and a team of talented, professional, pioneering reporters, photogs, editors, and filmmakers who will tell the untold story. In this issue of my blog, “At Its Best”  I’d like to bring attention […]

Filmmakers Race Against Clock to Document Vanishing Cairo Tradition

Levantine Review By Jen Reinhardt Muezzin Voices of the Adhan, Islamic Call to Prayer, Soon to be Silenced A documentary film and audio archive project, Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cairo aims to tell the story of the adhan, or the Islamic call to prayer, as it has been recited in Cairo for 1400 years. Supported […]

Doc Depicts Last Call for Ancient Prayers – ReelChicago.com

By Tim Horsburgh Doc Depicts Last Call for Ancient Prayers Multimedia project started this week in Egypt Anna Kipervaser’s On Look Films embarked on the first of multiple trips to Egypt on Aug. 16, attempting to preserve a thousand-year-old Islamic ritual through film, sound recording and an art installtion. Voices and Faces of the Adhan: […]