Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Film: "Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution"

Egypt: the story behind the revolution " Trailer 2" from Khaled Sayed on Vimeo.
Filmmaker Khaled Sayed showed his film "Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution" at Alwan.  Seeing these activists recount their own experiences was valuable as was seeing original and reproduced clips from news agencies.  There was the reminder that  middle class students who started the uprisings were joined by the masses a few days later, a tearful reminiscence from a protester who claimed she had no expectation at first they would be able to remove Mubarak, and all interviewed voiced a continuous refrain that people from all classes and religions were brought together as a unified voice of Egypt, one longing for dignity.  Most of the audience members who asked questions after the screening were primarily interested in hearing themselves talk (assumed repression of the woman's voice, religious strife, and other Orientalist reductions), but Sayed graciously managed to get in some original information about more recent ongoings, such as his disappointment with political tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood who, according to him, stooped to the campaign tricks of the ousted predecessors.  A film definitely worth seeing.  

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