Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul

"Takes us for a musical steamer trip into potently exotic territory."
- Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star
"One of the worlds great cities comes vibrantly alive through its music and musical denizens."
- Derek Elley, Variety
"An infectiously enjoyable survey of contemporary Turkish music."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


A European musician and composer roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mike" to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music, ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical Arabesque. As he wanders through this seductive world, he collects impressions and tracks from numerous artists, including Ceza (Turkey’s answer to Public Enemy), the Istanbul Style Breakers (breakdance performers) and Kurdish singer Aynur, "the Elvis of Arabesque."
Original Languages: German, Turkish, English
Genre: Documentary|World Cinema
Running Time: 90 min.
Year: 2005


Fatih Akin



Despite a portion of punk, the band DUMAN faithfully represents the tradition of "Turkish Rock".
Alexander Hacke. Bass player of the band Einstürzende Neubauten.
Sezen Aksu. Regarded as THE voice of Istanbul. For CROSSING THE BRIDGE she accompanied Alexander Hacke on a semi-acoustical Gretsch guitar.