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Film Tue Feb 09 2010

Take a Trip to Cairo From Your Computer

Since all of Chicagoland is going to be snowed in in about three hours, why not dream of more exotic things by taking a trip to Cairo from your own computer? Anna Kipervaser is a Chicago filmmaker and producer in Cairo who is chronicling her five-week shoot for the documentary Voices and Faces of the Adhan: Cario for the production company On Look Films. At least once a week she's posted on her blog about her time spent in Cairo shooting this interesting film about the possible eradication of the adhan in Egyptian Islamic culture. The adhan is a call to prayer in Islamic religion and it has been recited in Cario by the muezzin. However a law is quickly approaching that may replace the muezzin with a pre-recorded voice to call Muslims to prayer. Not only does this replace a 1400 year old tradition but it also takes away jobs from the muezzin, who are typically blind, handicapped, elderly, or impoverished. It's an important documentary about a tradition that has little documentation, and an amazing opportunity for Kipervaser and her crew.
Though Kipervaser is making her way back to the states soon to start post-production on the project, her blog is a perfect cheap getaway to a world and culture most know nothing about. Check out her most recent blog postings, and read more about Voices and Faces of the Adhan on On Look Films' official website.

 
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