Skip to main content

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Fatih Akin examines diverse music performed by the denizens of Istanbul, Turkey. Rap, experimental music, street music and other forms bring the city alive with rich sounds, including performances by musician Orhan Gencebay and singer Sezen Aksu.


Director: Fatih Akin

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Strand

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)

Release Date: June 9th, 2006|1 hr. 30 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( )
  • Has two main flaws: the emphasis it puts on German bassist Alexander Hacke, the film's ostensible narrator, who shows up in too many scenes, and the fact that it doesn't identify many of the film's performers until the very end. Even so, Crossing the Bridge is satisfying to watch. show more

  • It's hard to imagine what Akin left unexplored - but here's hoping he'll share his discoveries if he ever returns. show more

  • This musical documentary likely will find its major audience in Germany, where the immigrant-minority Turk citizenry will take to its array of sounds, smears and social commentary as cultural nourishment. show more

See all critic reviews on

similar movies

  • Playing for Change (2003)

  • Step Across the Border (1990)

  • The Look of Silence (2014)

  • Amy (2015)

  • Best of Enemies (2015)

How do you watch stuff?


How else do you watch?

Select your online providers
My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings