Scene from the film The Invisible Hands
Scene from the film The Invisible Hands
Scene from the film The Invisible Hands
Scene from the film The Invisible Hands
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The Invisible Hands

  • Greece
  • Egypt
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Maverick, underground American/ Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies), lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band, The Invisible Hands. Structured around fly-on-the-wall scenes, archival ghost apparitions, absurd cameos and poetic diary narrations by Bishop, and unfolding between the two critical elections, that marked the post ‘Arab Spring’ period in Egypt, the film juxtaposes the tragicomedy of poIitics and art-making in the so-called periphery.


  • Original Title
    The Invisible Hands
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marina Gioti
  • Editing
    Marina Gioti
  • Music
    The Invisible Hands
  • Runtime
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Greece
    • Egypt
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • documenta 14, Athens, Greece
    • Berlinale Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany
    • CPH:DOX-Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival, Denmark
    • Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative visions, Tokyo, Japan
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Maine International Film FesIval, USA
    • DORF Music Documentary Festival, Croatia
    • Cinedays Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia
    • WOMEX, The World Music Expo Film Programme, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Awards
    • Giuseppe Becce Prize for Music (2018) - Berlinale is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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