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DDocumentary Feature Competition

Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician

Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician

Original Title: Al Tahrir 2011: Al Tayib wa al Shariss wa al Siyassi
Director: Tamer EzzatAyten AminAmr Salama
Egypt, United Arab Emirates | Arabic
2011 | 95min. | Colour
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
Over the past three decades, Egyptians knew no leader but Hosni Mubarak. His son, Gamal, had been groomed to inherit the nation. But a new generation of Egyptians –more exposed than their predecessors to the outside world, thanks largely to online social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – changed everything on January 25, 2011. When Egyptians woke up that morning, they could not have expected a one-day demonstration to evolve into a full-out revolution aimed at overthrowing the regime’s 30-year grip on power.

Among the influential and inspirational youths leading the movement, three talented young directors decided to reflect on the uprising not through reportage but through the stories of a handful of individuals whose actions would change the future of their country. Structured in three chapters, Tahrir 2011 begins with Tamer Ezzat’s “The Good,” which gives voice to everyday heroes. Their class, political, cultural and regional affiliations could not be more different, but each embodies, eloquently, the spirit of the millions who camped in Tahrir Square during the 18-day siege. Ayten Amin’s “The Bad” crosses to the other side of the trenches as four internal security officers assigned to crush the uprising give chilling insight into the mindset and strategy of Mubarak’s security apparatus in its mission to silence dissent. Amr Salama’s “The Politician” is a satirical take on “How to Become a Dictator in 10 Steps,” as well as smart deconstruction of Mubarak’s persona through interviews with both trusted allies and outspoken opponents.

–Rasha Salti

Contains: violence

Director,  Tamer Ezzat, 

Director,  Tamer Ezzat

Tamer Ezzat studied physics at the American University in Cairo, then acted onstage before becoming a film editor, working with Yousry Nusrallah and Yousef Chahine among others. He directed TV commercials, then studied digital effects at New York University and directing at New York Film Academy. His award-winning The Decision was followed by Everything is Gonna Be All Right! (2004), a documentary about Egyptians living in New York after 9/11. His documentary The Place I Call Home (2006) was selected for a number of festivals. The Ring Road (2010) was his narrative feature debut.

Ayten Amin, 

Ayten Amin

Amr Salama

Amr Salama

Amr Salama was raised in Egypt. He won critical acclaim for his debut feature, On a Day Like Today, in 2008. He was dubbed Best Newcomer of 2008 by many film critics in Egypt and The Star of the Future by the Alexandria International Film Festival. Salama has directed several TV series and commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films. He is the author of A Kiosk Guy, A Journey in Search of the Handlebars, and is one of the filmmakers behind the documentary Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician (2011). His latest feature is Asma'a (2011).

Cast and Crew

Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama
Co-Production Company
Amana Creative
Production Company
Film Clinic
Khaled Shokry, Ousso
Frédéric Sichler
Foreign Right Sales
Pacha Pictures
Executive Producer
Mohamed Hefzy
Mohamed Hefzy
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Ahmed Gaber
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