“Yallah Underground” captured the best soundtrack award in the 2010 International Movie Trailer contest. The trailer was for a film not yet made about the underground music world among youth in the Middle East. Shooting now has been completed and the producers are seeking postproduction money.
Farid Eslam, the director, has added a new dimension to the film because of the Arab spring. As he says, “ We have filmed in Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria, Ramallah, Amman, Haifa, the Golan Heights, California and all over Europe and finally finished filming last week!
It’s been a very eventful year for the Middle East and most of our protagonists as well, who have been involved in or directly affected by the uprisings and other events connected to the Arab spring. Most of our featured artists were heavily influenced by this year’s events, experienced dramatic personal loss, state violence, despair, but also sparks of hope and the feeling of being in control of their own future for the first time. We managed to capture this amazing atmosphere of change and turmoil.
Our next step is postproduction and we plan to be finished with a rough edit in late spring 2012. At the moment we are trying to raise about 25,000 EUR in completion funds.”