DDocumentary Feature Competition
Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the Politician
Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad & the PoliticianOriginal Title: Al Tahrir 2011: Al Tayib wa al Shariss wa al Siyassi
Director: Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama
Egypt, United Arab Emirates | Arabic
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 SaltiContains: violence