Film + Q&A Session Recap
Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | December 21, 2011 -- Tuesday evening, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) opened its doors to more than 50 community members, leaders and academics for the screening of independent documentary film, “Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution,” as part of its Arabesque Lecture Series. Director, Khaled Sayed and film interviewee, Amal Mattar came to the ADC Heritage Center to present the film for the first time in Washington DC.
Sayed filmed the documentary primarily in Egypt in March of 2011, soon after the January uprisings, and interviewed a variety of young protesters who were active in the revolution. The film pulled together a span of interviews, and news coverage, culminating in a broad, cross-societal reflection on what happened during the Egyptian revolution and why; giving the audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the way in which activists harnessed the power of collective consciousness to form a people’s revolution.
Interviewees included prominent Egyptian analysts and academics who lent insight into the origins of unrest and discontent under Mubarak’s 30 year rule. Interviewees discussed the evolution of the demonstrators’ demands which