Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is
Movies at the Museum selection for January

For immediate release January 2, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum’s will screen the artful documentary, “Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul,” this week as part of its ongoing “Movies at the Museum” series.

The documentary follows a European musician and composer who sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. A lover of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke (of the German avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mike" to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". As he wanders through this seductive world, Alex collects impressions and tracks by artists such as neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock groups Duman and Replikas, maverick rocker Erkin Koray, Ceza (Turkey’s answer to Public Enemy), breakdance performers Istanbul Style Breakers, digital dervish Mercan Dede, renowned clarinetist Selim Sesler, Canadian folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon, street performers Siyasiyabend, Kurdish singer Aynur, the "Elvis of Arabesque" Orhan Gencebay, and legendary divas Müzeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu.

The Turkish and German language of the film is translated via English subtitles.

The Historical Museum will screen “Crossing the Bridge” January 4 at 7 p.m. and January 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or at the door.

Click on the following links for reviews in the Seattle Times, New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice:,0,7396568.story,lim,73450,20.html)

Local dance troupe, Rainbows of the Desert, will dance two Turkish choreographies in the building atrium before the film and answer audience questions about belly dancing afterwards.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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