Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul

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


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


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