Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Egypt/USA, 2013. , , Cinematography by Muhammad Hamdy, Ahmed Hassan, Jehane Noujaim, Cressida Trew. Produced by Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim. Music by Jonas Colstrup, H. Scott Salinas. Film Editing by Christopher de la Torre, Mohammed el Manasterly, Pierre Haberer, Pedro Kos, Stefan Ronowicz. Academy Awards 2013. Independent Spirit Awards 2013. National Board of Review Awards 2013. Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
An explosive documentary that gives you an entire rundown of the events that began in Tahrir Square in January of 2011, with over 50,000 protestors assembling to demand the removal of president Hosni Mubarak from power. The effort was successful after almost three weeks of demonstration, and that should have been the end of the story, but this was only the beginning of what continues to be years of mayhem and chaos as military powers step in to fill the power void, combined with the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood that sees continued violence and argument on street level. This exciting, explosive documentary captures it all, with some powerful (and often very upsetting) footage that puts you in the centre of the action and challenges any notion you may have that you knew anything about what is going on in Cairo. It also has the benefit of actor Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner), raised in the UK but returned to his family’s homeland and constantly available to give commentary and perspective on the events he is both witnessing and participating in. A terrific experience of a film, not to be missed.