Reflections on After Tahrir Conference

EGYPTIAN INSURGENCY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

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This was a powerful group of films. I felt that they effectively communicated the raw emotion and energy of the January 25 Revolution as well as raised important questions about the future.

For myself, the most impactful of the films were those made by Omar Robert Hamilton. The hand-held, point-of-view documentary style created a visceral, emotional depiction of the revolution that gave the audience a first-hand look at what it was like to be in Tahrir Square. The footage of the rocks being thrown and army vehicles running over protesters was hard to watch but also gripping.

Although not about Egypt, it would be awesome to watch the short documentary My Aleppo in class. I think it is a great example of how film can be used to raise awareness about crises.

 

ORGANIZED FOOTBALL FANDOM IN EGYPT

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Abd El Hameed’s analysis of the role of the Ultras soccer club in the January 25 Revolution made me consider the complexity of the revolution in regards to how many groups were involved. She argued that their struggle was political since the stadium in Cairo is a highly politicized space that is often used by political leaders.

The clubs brought organized chants and routines to the revolution, which helped in mobilizing people and lifting spirits. The group also creates an “imagined community” amongst its members and provides a social outlet and structure for young boys. It was interesting to learn that a non-politically oriented group had an important role in the revolution.

 QUESTIONS

Who are the revolutionaries in terms of all of Egypt? Where do the different groups fit in?

How are the Egyptian people confronting trauma caused silence together?

Reflections on After Tahrir Conference

One thought on “Reflections on After Tahrir Conference

  1. caitlintaracohen says:

    I find your observation about the presentation on the Ultras to be really interesting! I too hadn’t really spent much time thinking about how many diverse groups of people were part of the Egyptian revolution, and thinking about these football fans and clubs as a unique demographic of people both contributing to and affected by the revolution is really eye-opening!

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