We Are Egypt: The Story Behind The Revolution
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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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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.Read more ›
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
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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This film was captivating! Its timeliness, its comprehensiveness, its reality grab you in, scene after scene. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by KapfKitchen
"As a professor of Middle East politics, I'm always looking for material that makes U.S. students feel like they're actually there, and puts faces and voices to the names that they... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by egyptindia
I am not an Egypt expert, but found this film to be insightful, original, and full of important lessons for other contexts. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Cornelia Schneider
As a professor of Arab studies and mass communication, "We are Egypt" raises some important and pressing questions about how messages are crafted by democracy activists versus the... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Adel Iskandar
One of the most informative films about Egypt. A must see for anyone seeking a more in-depth analysis on the revolution. Watch it!Published on February 9, 2013 by kmilani
The documentary goes a long way in showing what the sentiments and feelings of regular Egyptians were right before the revolution unfolded - something that was missed by most of... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by A. Akande