Televising the revolution

Film and video in Egypt’s uprising

When: Wed 30 January 6.30pm till 9pm
Where: Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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The Egyptian revolution was heralded by some as a social media-instigated uprising. Yet there was far more to the revolution than tweeting people onto the streets. As we reach the second anniversary of the overthrow of Mubarak, 6 Billion Ways will be looking at the revolt behind the headlines, including the strikes in factories like Mahallah which helped bring the regime to its knees.

Every revolt uses the latest technology available to it. And while it was less lauded than Twitter, video collectives such as Mosireen and Kazeboon were able to make use of cheap video editing to show the reality of the regime’s violence to a wider audience. Kazeboon in particular actually organised screenings in communities around the country, bringing the revolution even to those unable to read.

With the dynamic of revolt far from dissipated, protests growing against the new Muslim Brotherhood government and an unprecedented wave of industrial strikes, join us to celebrate the struggle for freedom and social justice, and learn from the tactics employed by Egyptian activists. The evening will include:

  • The film Tweets from Tahrir, plus discussion with filmmakers Adib Nessim and Damian Clarke
  • Excerpts from The Factory: revolution through Arab eyes
  • Shorts from Mosireen video collective
  • More speakers to be announced

Free entry, bar and food available

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