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4Shbab is the first Islamist musical channel ever launched in the Arab world. 4Shbab’s story takes place in Cairo, Egypt.  The two main characters are the channel’s boss, Abu Haiba, and veiled model, Yasmine Osman, as they try to achieve their dreams. Both reflect the melting pot of cultural contradictions that is the Middle East today: how to be modern, fond of music and Muslim?  They want the same things anyone else does in the 21st century: fame, glory, and success. But they want it the Islamic way, without compromising their values. Young Egyptian film maker Ismail Elmokadem offers us a unique way of discovering the inner dynamics of Islam in today’s troubled Arab societies.

Festivals and Awards:

IDFA, The Netherlands, 2011

Director: Ismail Elmokadem

Producer: Ismail El Mokadem, Serge Gordey, Christine Camdessus, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

Production Company: Alegría Productions

Cinematographer: Felix V. Muralt

Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television- Greenhouse, ZDF/ARTE, RTBF, Al Jazeera, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Unité des Films Documentaires - Irène Challand / Gaspard Lamunière and with the contribution of NRK

Script: Ismail Elmokadem

Subtitles: English, French

Film Name in Hebrew: פופ איסלאם

4Shbab is the first Islamist musical channel ever launched in the Arab world. 4Shbab’s story takes place in Cairo, Egypt.  The two main characters are the channel’s boss, Abu Haiba, and veiled model, Yasmine Osman, as they try to achieve their dreams. Both reflect the melting pot of cultural contradictions that is the Middle East today: how to be modern, fond of music and Muslim?  They want the same things anyone else does in the 21st century: fame, glory, and success. But they want it the Islamic way, without compromising their values. Young Egyptian film maker Ismail Elmokadem offers us a unique way of discovering the inner dynamics of Islam in today’s troubled Arab societies.

Festivals and Awards:

IDFA, The Netherlands, 2011

Director: Ismail Elmokadem

Producer: Ismail El Mokadem, Serge Gordey, Christine Camdessus, Hans Robert Eisenhauer

Production Company: Alegría Productions

Cinematographer: Felix V. Muralt

Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television- Greenhouse, ZDF/ARTE, RTBF, Al Jazeera, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Unité des Films Documentaires - Irène Challand / Gaspard Lamunière and with the contribution of NRK

Script: Ismail Elmokadem

Subtitles: English, French

Film Name in Hebrew: פופ איסלאם

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