Underground-on the Surface Releases in Egyptian Theatres for One Week

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Salma El Tarzi Documents Oka and Ortega's Rise to the Stardom

Underground-on the Surface Releases in Egyptian Theatres for One Week


MAD Solutions has announced the release of Salma El Tarzi's documentary Underground/on the Surface in Egyptian theatres on April 22nd, 2015 for only one week. The company has revealed the poster of the film which earned director El Tarzi the Best Director award at Dubai International Film Festival 2013.

The 70-minute film highlights the accelerated growth of shaabi music which has been expanding most recently under the name mahraganat music 'festivals music' in the heels of the 25th January revolution. Following the underground shaabi music scene, known as 'mahraganat', the film focuses on the surge of popularity this genre recieved following the revolution; Oka, Ortega, and Wezza, three of the movement's most prominent artists, are suddenly put under the spotlight, so the question is: will they be able to preserve their identity as independent artists?

Produced by AKER Productions of Mohamed El Tohamy in 2010, the film received funds from Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and is distributed and marketed by MAD Solutions.

Born in 1978, Salma El Tarzi studied Film Directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. In 2004, she presented her documentary debut Enta Aref Leh? (Do You Know Why) which tracks the daily lives of models in advertisements that received a prize at the Rotterdam Arabic Film Festival.