The Invisible Hands

Directed by Marina Gioti & Georges Salameh

Duration 97’ | English, Arabic with English subtitles


Production Country and Year Greece/Egypt, 2017 | Produced by Vertiginous | Producers Marina Gioti, Georges Salameh | Director of Photography Georges Salameh | Sound Marina Gioti, Georges Salameh | Editor Marina Gioti | Contact Vertiginous


Maverick underground American/ Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop, 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 politics and art-making in the so-called periphery.


Marian Gioti films and installations have been screened and exhibited worldwide at both international film festivals and museums/ biennials. In 2017 she was a participating artist at documenta 14, where she presented her debut feature film, The Invisible Hands.


Georges Salameh has directed shorts, documentaries, experimental/essay movies and video installations since 1999. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and film festivals in Athens, London, Paris, Beijing.