Muezzin

 
This feature length documentary follows three muezzins and imams from Istanbul through a „call to prayer contest“ held in Turkey each year. It explores the meaning of this curious competitive event within a religious context as well as the individual muezzins’ motivations to take part in it. It raises questions of individualism within Islam, whether a muezzin is an artist or just an instrument of God. The call to prayer marks the peak event of the city‘s rich sonic environment. Being not only a religious, but also a social, political and historical phenomenon, here the call to prayer functions as a starting point for cultural and cineastic exploration.

Director's Biography
Sebastian Brameshuber, geboren 1981 in Gmunden (Oberösterreich), studierte von 2002 bis 2003 Medienkunst an der FH Salzburg, anschließend Bühnen- und Filmgestaltung an der Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Wien. Als Teil der Gruppe „Fordbrothers“ dreht er experimentelle Kurzfilme und Musikvideos.

Filme (Auswahl): Blood Sample (Co-Regie, 2004, KF), Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability (Co-Regie, 2004, KF), Everything‘s gone green (Co-Regie, 2005, KF), Keynote (Co-Regie, 2006, KF)
European Panorama 2009
Sebastian Brameshuber
Austria 2009
color
80 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Sebastian Brameshuber
Cinematography Govinda von Maele
Editing Sebastian Brameshuber, Gökce Ince
Production
Produzenten Sebastian Brameshuber, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, David Bohun KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production Seidengasse 15/3/19 1070 Wien Österreich T + 43 1 5222 221 welcome@kgp.co.at www.kgp.co.at