The Man Behind the Microphone
Our music documentary in March was Claire Belhassine’s ‘The Man Behind the Microphone’, which was available to watch for free, for all, from anywhere, from March 01 – 15.
An arresting story of love and family, stardom and music.
Hedi Jouini, known as the “Frank Sinatra of Tunisia” is the most popular musical star in the country’s history and a celebrated singer, composer and oud player across the Arabic-speaking world. His long lasting career, that began in the 1930s, spanned almost five decades, struck at the heart of the post-colonial social and political upheaval of Tunisia. To this day, Jouini’s music inspires both revolutionaries and conservatives alike and has been an influential soundtrack to their ongoing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Revolutions.
But why did he keep his fame hidden from his family? What dark secrets did he keep from the nation that worshipped him? ‘The Man Behind the Microphone’ reveals the incredible story behind a man and his music, and offers fascinating insight into Tunisia’s cultural evolution. The film builds a profound portrait of the godfather of Tunisian music – father to a nation, but not always to his family.
If you missed the film or would like to rewatch it, The Man Behind the Microphone is available to purchase and stream in select locations, including the UK and France. More details here.
This screening was brought to you in collaboration with: Al-Balad Theater, Amman Jazz Festival, OrangeRed, WAW Al-Balad, SOAS Music Department, D-CAF Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Arab British Center, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Festival Arabesque, Carthage International Festival.