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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
Noisy. Chaotic. Overwhelming. All three adjectives regularly describe Cairo on any given day. Home to more than 20 million people, the sights and sounds of the city often can cause a sensory overload. Yet respite from the noisy, chaotic, and overwhelming cityscape is offered five times a day by local muezzin performing the adhan, or call to prayer.