Sounds of the Sidewalk - Light in Babylon

Photo: Michal Elia Kamal © Uzay Kisi
  • event type:WOMEX 14 Film Screening
  • date:24 Oct 2014
  • time:16:00
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Cidade da Cultura
  • country:Spain
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

Directed by Günter Atteln

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) | Co-Production Company ZDF (Germany) | Assoc. Prod. Company ARTE (Germany / France) | Producer Günter Atteln, Anne-Kathrin Peitz | Assoc. Producer Christopher Janssen | Executive Producer Paul Smaczny | Director | Camera Andreas Köhler | Editor Dirk Seliger | Audio recorded and mixed by Christian Carl, Manuel Fischer | Sound Ingineer Toine Mertens | | Production Year 2014 | Recorded Istanbul | Musical Style World music | Composer Michal Elia Kamal, Julien Demarque, Mete Ciftci | Source video/audio HD / Stereo | Distribution TV C Major Entertainment GmbH (Germany) | Duration 26'


The band “Light in Babylon” was founded in 2010 and since then has been performing regularly in the streets of Istanbul. The project fuses different ethnicities and cultures. The singer is Israeli from Iranian origin, the santur player is Turkish and the guitarist is French. Despite the political tensions in Middle East affecting the daily life of the musicians, the band is highly creative. The documentary follows the young musicians through the city of Istanbul, this fascinating metropolis on two continents, providing an incomparable link between Occident and Orient. (Photo: Michal Elia Kamal by Uzay Kisi)