Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician
Over the past three decades, Egyptians knew no leader but Hosni Mubarak. His son, Gamal, had been groomed to inherit the nation. But a new generation of Egyptians – more exposed than their predecessors to the outside world, thanks largely to online social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – changed everything on January 25, 2011. Structured in three chapters, "Tahrir 2011" begins with Tamer Ezzat’s "The Good," which gives voice to everyday heroes. Ayten Amin’s "The Bad" crosses to the other side of the trenches as four internal security officers assigned to crush the uprising give chilling insight into the mindset and strategy of Mubarak’s security apparatus in its mission to silence dissent. Amr Salama’s "The Politician" is a satirical take on "How to Become a Dictator in 10 Steps," as well as smart deconstruction of Mubarak’s persona through interviews with both trusted allies and outspoken opponents.
Amr Salama (b. 1982 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) won critical acclaim for his debut feature "On a Day Like Today" in 2008. He was dubbed Best Newcomer of 2008 by many film critics in Egypt and The Star of the Future by the Alexandria International Film Festival.
Selected filmography: "On a Day Like Today" (2008), "Tahrir 2011" (2011, doc, "Kino pavasaris").
Ayten Amin (b. 1978 in Alexandria, Egypt) studied commerce at Cairo University, then film at AUC and the Cinema Writers and Critics Association. She worked as an assistant director on a number of films before directing her shorts, which were screened at a number of festivals.
Selected filmography: "Her Man" (2006, short), "I Know Who She Is" (2007, short), "Spring ’89" (2009, short), "Tahrir 2011" (2011, doc, "Kino pavasaris").
Tamer Ezzat (b. 1968 in Cairo, Egypt) studied physics at the American University in Cairo, then acted onstage before becoming a film editor. He directed TV commercials, and then studied digital effects at New York University and directing at New York Film Academy.
Selected filmography: "The Decision" (2003, doc), "Everything is Gonna Be All Right"! (2004, doc), "The Place I Call Home" (2006, doc), "The Ring Road" (2010), "Tahrir 2011" (2011, doc, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
- Runtime: 119 min.
- Directors: Ayten Amin, Tamer Ezzat, Amr Salama
- Producer: Frederic Sichler
- Cinematographers: Hussein Asser, Ahmad Yaaqoob, Salah Yaaqoob, Mohamed Abd El Raouf, Ahmad Gabr
- Company: Pacha Pictures
- Dialogs: Arabic
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: T
- IMDB rating: 6.9