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We Are Egypt: The Story Behind The Revolution

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Months before the momentous uprising in Egypt many talked of a revolution but no one knew when that day would come. Going beyond the headlines, this story, filmed in the fourteen months leading up to the Revolution, highlights the years of mounting resentment against the ruling regime.The film follows key opposition figures and young democracy activists as they struggle against extraordinary odds and at great personal risk to remove an uncompromising authoritarian regime.

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An important and ambitious documentation of the roots of the Egyptian Revolution. We are very fortunate to have this historic record. ---Tom Brokaw

This film explains why the revolution happened and why we did not see it coming... and where the Tahrir Square revolution is heading in its near future. -Vali Nasr. ---Johns Hopkins University.

Not only has Paquette interviewed practically everybody who matters (no small feat), she does so in a way that communicates their personalities, their hopes, and their not insignificant senses of humor. - Tarek Masoud. ---Harvard University

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  • Actors: Ayman Nour, Noam Chomsky, Anwar Sadat, Omar Sharif
  • Directors: Lillie Paquette
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B999ES0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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You'd think that a film on the Egyptian Revolution that ends before the fall of Mubarak would be incomplete and irrelevant in light of subsequent events. WRONG! Lillie Paquette's documentary is a fascinating and brilliantly crafted insight into the people and emotions that led up to the Revolution. We all know from the news media what happened in Tahrir Square and beyond, but we don't really know why. Paquette's film supplies answers from the people who made it happen, in real time as they struggled to bring about the circumstances leading to revolution. Highly Recommended.
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Unlike other recent documentaries on the 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's dictator, many of which rushed in only in time to capture the historic scenes unfolding in Cairo's Tahrir Square, this documentary was begun over a year and half before the revolution began, and before the world's eyes became transfixed on Egypt. In the 18 months leading up to the revolution, before anyone knew what would happen, first-time documentarian Lillie Paquette had already been on the ground in Egypt, tracing the determined efforts of young democracy and labor rights activists who were risking tremendous odds to promote democratic changes under the then US-backed autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak. "We Are Egypt" takes us on their journey and helps us to understand the various strains of social and political activism that had been brewing in Egyptian politics for many years and helps us to understand why and how these frustrations exploded in early 2011. It allows us to see these struggles through the eyes of Egypt's leading dissidents and youth activists. The interviews that followed the fall of Mubarak from power also help viewers learn first-hand about how to make sense of the complex social and political undercurrents that continue to unfold today in Egypt's increasingly heated and unfinished political transition.

NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw has said of the film, "An important and ambitious documentation of the roots of the Egyptian Revolution...We're very fortunate to have this historical record." Harvard University's Egypt specialist, Tarek Masoud, has said, "Not only has Paquette interviewed practically everybody who matters (no small feat), she does so in a way that communicates their personalities, their hopes, and their not insignificant senses of humor.
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What took place in Egypt heading into the revolution was quite different when viewed from the inside vs. the outside. "We Are Egypt" absolutely provides a view that the international press did not portray and communicate, and subsequently the film brings to light many elements beyond the news' 'this is a social media revolution' headline.

It's rare to have a filmmaker embedded for as long as Paquette was (14 months), and even rarer to have one who really understood the ramifications of what was taking place and what was happening as a lead-up to the headline event. "We are Egypt" delves deeply into these issues, and more importantly, deeply into the emotions of the key people inside the activities. It provides the 'why' as much as the 'how' and serves as an incredible document that will explain to future generations what happened.

Considering the ongoing events today (many months later), "We Are Egypt" is a film that should be viewed by anyone interested in understanding the phyche of a nation trying to reinvent itself, the dynamics of government, and what a willful people can accomplish when they want to.

An important and historical work.

"To most of the world, the protests in Egypt looked like a spontaneous uprising. But according to filmmaker Lillie Paquette, it was actually the culmination of years of methodical organizing. We meet her and get a behind-the-scenes view of the buildup to a revolution." -- The Current, CBC
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I do not usually write reviews, but after watching this film, I felt compelled to deposit my two cents.

The entire world watched the Egyptian revolution seemingly out of nowhere. Who could have foreseen that there was even the basis for such change developing in Egypt? Well, director Lillie Paquette had that insight! This movie tells the story of the courageous activists who out of the love of their country, and desire for a better life for themselves and their countrymen, were the seminal agents of change in Egypt. This is a story of fearless democratic activists, young people volunteering as election monitors and the real optimism that imagined change under one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

Director Paquette follows a group of young, now a bit more famous, activists in their pursuit of democratic reforms. The filmmaker was obviously in the right place at the right time as the film ends with Mubarak's ouster from his dictatorial position.

I came away from watching this film, with a renewed sense of optimism about political possibility at large. Cynicism is rampant in politics, but as the revolution in Egypt continues to unfold, I think there is a real reason to resist the feeling of cynicism that accompanies any real political change. At many times in the lead up to the Egyptian revolution, the situation was beyond bleak. It is very difficult to predict political futures, but what we do know is that, as a society, we have to continue to work towards the future we would like to realize, as hopeless as it may feel at times. Change is slow and gradual, and not the result of the lone actors in history books. Meaningful reform is the result of the work of many many concerned citizens, popular support that we would do well to acknowledge, if only for a dose of optimism in our own lives. Well worth the watch, unbelievable footage, the story of the true guardians of the Egyptian Revolution!
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