Tonight at the Barbican Centre, a look inside the Egyptian revolutionby Rachel Halliburton / July 4, 2012 / Leave a comment
½ Revolution plays at the Barbican as part of the East End film festival on 4th July, and will be followed by a Q&A with the directors. It also appeared at this year’s Sheffield DocFest.
Mohamed Morsi may have been sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian president in 60 years this weekend, but there’s little sense of a resolution to the story that began in Tahrir Square last year on 25th January. In his speech on the eve of his swearing in he spoke passionately about a “civil, nationalist, and constitutional state.” Yet try as it may, inspirational rhetoric cannot eradicate the facts: the low turnout for the elections, the military’s cynical seizure of sweeping new powers, and worries about what the dominance of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood will really mean for Egypt’s minorities. This is a country still very much in political flux. It’s an apt moment, then, to look back on how it all started, when people didn’t know yet the enormity of what they were recording, they just knew it had to be recorded.