The Egyptian Insurgency Short Film Festival was the first film festival I had ever attended and I really enjoyed it. I liked how each of the films varied from each other because it made the festival interesting to watch. I also appreciated how the festival started with a 30 second clip from Kallenberger in which workers are depicted and then the festival concluded with a 30 second clips of workers. I think this method of matching clips created good bookends which tied all the films together.
One of the shorts that stood out to me the most was The Camel Battle by Omar Robert Hamilton. This film stood out to me because I thought it was disturbing to see people throwing bricks at one another. The short film was explaining the step down of Mubarak. It was interesting because it was shot amongst the chaos of the rioters in the streets which put us, the audience, in their perspective. I noticed that in the short there was almost no women, and that most of the people protesting were young men. After The Camel Battle short there was a short about Gandhi called Ghandi in Egypt by Linda Herrera. I thought this was a good contrast to The Camel Battle because The Camel Battle depicted unrest and riot while Gandhi depicts peace.
Another short that I really enjoyed was Women and Youth of the Arab Revolutions because it didn’t depict just young men which dominated many of the other short films. The short film takes into perspective the opinions of the women and their views on the protests within the square. The first woman interviewed in the short also wanted rights like the men but it was interesting too see that she didn’t like the fact that she didn’t personally participate in protesting with the other people in the square. In a way it shows the gender differences. Overall, I enjoyed all the shorts from the Film Festival and thought it was well put together.