Film Festival

I have mixed feelings about the film festival on Sunday. When I arrived, I was excited to see the good turnout and what these Egyptian youth have created to commemorate the 5 year anniversary in Egypt’s revolution. When the screening began, the first few clips were very interesting as it followed a camera on the ground during the protests in Tahrir square and I almost felt the emotions and the sort of chaos with people trying to gather together and at the same time the pressure with the military and police officers around. One clip I thought was well done was the Omar Robert Hamilton as he made comments in the clips and helped the viewers understand what was happening at what time. It sort of put a timeline and situation in all the b-roll footage on the ground. For me, the piece that stuck with me was the speaktotweet clips where different Egyptians spoke via audio messages and recited poems when the government shut down the internet. I really enjoyed the poem recited by the woman who was addressing it directly to Hosni Mubarak and underlying the idea that his name “mubarak” which means a combination of blessed and celebration and how he defied his people and country and his name to the horrible atrocities he committed. Another one that was well done was the hadith recited about the gecko and how Mubarak was the gecko that repeatedly attacked Egypt.

For me the other clips did little to send a message or capture the spirit of the revolution and the sort of sacrifices Egyptians made during the time and even after. I felt that the Linda Herrera documentary comparing the Egyptian revolution to the independence of India during Gandhi’s time was completely misrepresented and out of place for the whole festival. Not only are there few similarities between India’s problems and Egypt but it was poorly demonstrated and most the clips kept highlighting India more than Egypt.

Overall, I think that some of the clips I mentioned above really helped me identify and understand the emotional standpoint of the revolution on the people of Egypt. I think that some of the speakers did a very good job at describing such as Hamilton and allowed the audience to be engaged in what he was talking about.

Film Festival

3 thoughts on “Film Festival

  1. lizpina says:

    Similarly, I felt like you. I didn’t completely understand why some clips were arrange with other clips. I also wished some were longer. However, some of the clips I did enjoy. I felt like the one’s that demonstrated some Egyptians in there daily life, walking the streets to where they need to be, gives you feel on how that mundane moment changed to the other scenes we saw in where there was a lot of commotion, violence and action. That simple switch of clips gave it that realist feeling, it wasn’t under simplified or overly dramatic, it just was.

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  2. You make a good point in that in order to understand whats going on in a film, it is important that the viewer be able to follow whats going on. I think that the style the film created from the innovation of reinvented live media was well put together. It helped me to grasp the overarching representations of power that developed throughout the Egyptian insurgencies.


  3. alexanderamiot73 says:

    I completely agree with how the film festival turned out. I thought the first third was very informative, inspiring and captured of the protestors were actually fighting for. But as you mentioned in kind of lost its way towards the end with some of the artistic expression becoming the dominant message than what it started out with in the very beginning. Overall good analysis and account of your experience of it.


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