Politics, Popular
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An archive of multimedia influenced by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

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12/02/2012

Photograph of graffiti seen on a street in Cairo in February 2012. 'Sitt al-banat' (or, 'the best of girls') refers to the female protester who was…
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01/02/2011

Ramy Essam shot to fame during the 18 days of the Tahrir Square sit-in in 2011. This song, based on the slogans of the protesters, calling on former…
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08/03/2011

Episode 1 of the satirical show, the Bassem Youssef Show. This episode was filmed at Youssef's home and distributed over the internet. At the time, he…
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05/02/2011

The song is entitled "Ya Masr Hanit wi Banit Kollaha Kam Youm” (Be Patient, Egypt, the Light of Day is about to Emerge). It became a hit after it was…
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10/02/2011

The song was composed during the first 18 days of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. It was one of the very first songs to celebrate the revolutionary…
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15/02/2012

The song was composed to pay tribute to the martyrs of the revolution. The lyrics are written by poet Mustapha Ibrahim, and sung by Bassim Wadei`. The…
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09/09/2013

The film was released in 2013 and was written and directed by Ahmad Abdalla, who also directed the 2011 film 'Microphone'. It tells the story of a…
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08/04/2012

The song was produced in 2012, lyrics by Walid Taher, sung and composed by Youssra El-Hawary, who also plays the accordion. The song satirises the…
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29/11/2011

The song was produced in 2011 to celebrate the people's solidarity and unity on Tahrir Square during the first 18 days of the Revolution. It is…
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22/12/2011

The song was produced in late 2011 after the famous cabinet sit-in and the violence directed against the protesters by the military. The lyrics…
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08/02/2011

The song was one of many composed in the early days of the 2011 Revolution to pay tribute to the martyrs and their families. It was sung by musicians…
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12/06/2013

This is a YouTube clip from Mona al-Shazly's programme "Gomla Moufida". The song was composed by the gifted poet Mustapha Ibrahim and sung by the…
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30/11/2011

A photograph of graffiti in Cairo celebrating the bravery of Samira Ibrahim, who raised a court case against the doctor who performed a so-called…
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26/02/2018

This satirical song was released in February 2018, criticising the 4-year rule of President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, telling him that 'enough is enough'.…
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23/08/2017

In this song, the members of the band are gathered around their grandmother who has supernatural powers and tells them that by the year 2063 all of…
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25/11/2012

Graffiti showing then Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi as an octopus swimming in blood, with the word 'Leave' written at the top of the…
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24/11/2012

This graffiti image is a tribute to Gaber Salah (aka Jika), who was the first martyr to fall during the term of former Muslim Brotherhood president…
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23/11/2012

The image shows the faces of three dictators who all maintained the same oppressive regime: Hosni Mubarak (former president of Egypt, who stepped down…
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26/06/2017

"Sawra", meaning 'revolution', is a call for people to revolt against oppression and also recalls the slogans of the 2011 Egyptian revolution: "Bread,…
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25/02/2016

The song is addressed to young soldiers or conscripts in the Egyptian army who are starting their service (usually 18 years old). The singer is…
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30/01/2014

In the Egyptian popular context, the phrase “Reg‘eit Rima” (Rima is back), implies that someone is going back to their old habits. Here, it is a…
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12/09/2016

Similar to other songs by Bahgaga band, this song uses satire and dark humour to underline the state of poverty, from which many Egyptians have been…
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12/03/2011

The song was produced during the early days of the January 2011 Revolution and the video was filmed in Tahrir Square and includes footage from the 18…
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27/09/2014

This film is based on the story of Mary Danial, the sister of Mena Danial, who was killed in the 'Maspero massacre', on 9 October 2011, in which the…
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12/01/2013

Through this song, Yasser Elmanawehly, one of the voices of the 2011 revolution, expresses his dismay at the erasure of street graffiti by the…
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01/12/2012

This collection of graffiti by various artists is considered an important archive for different phases of the 2011 revolution as expressed in street…
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16/01/2013

In the attached clip, poet Mustapha Ibrahim recites one of his poems from the collection El Manifesto. Ibrahim took part in the 2011 protests and…
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27/12/2011

The lyrics by poet Amin Haddad and sung by Eskenderella Band in the aftermath of the 2011 Revolution pay tribute to the Egyptian people and their…
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21/12/2011

The song's lyrics were composed by poet Amin Haddad and sung by Eskenderella Band in the aftermath of the Mohammed Mahmoud street protests in November…
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25/01/2012

Poet Tamim al-Barghouthi recites this famous poem. "Oh Egyptian People" in this video clip, which was produced by Qabila TV music for the first…
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01/02/2014

The song was made in early 2014 to reflect the dismay and state of frustration of many people who took part in the 2011 revolution, including members…
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17/12/2011

The video shows Egyptian military police beating a woman during the Cabinet sit-in during December 2011. The video went viral and caused outrage in…
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25/03/2012

The series of short interviews entitled "Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution" was created by filmmaker Leil Zahra. In this video clip,…
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09/08/2012

In this video clip, part of a series of short interviews entitled "Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution", filmmaker Leil Zahra documents the…
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17/08/2012

As part of a series of interviews with women activists in "Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution", filmmaker Leil Zahra interviews the young…
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01/02/2013

Grafitti depicting organised mass sexual assaults against women protesters in and around Tahrir Square in 2013.
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09/11/2016

This cartoon by journalist and cartoonist Andeel depicts presidents Sisi and Trump as gangsters, like those in Hollywood films. The two presidents are…
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06/05/2016

In this image, cartoonist and journalist Andeel satirizes President El-Sisi. Here, the president is playing with children's toys whilst the phrases he…
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01/02/2018

Cartoonist and journalist Andeel has created a YouTube series entitled "Big Brother", in which he acts as an imaginary 'brother' to Egyptians who…
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01/02/2013

Graffiti created as part of a movement to break the silence around sexual harassment.
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08/02/2013

Yasmin Baramawy speaks about her ordeal of being gang raped for around 2 hours after attending a protest in Tahrir Square in 2012. This is one of the…
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20/12/2011

Video report about a women's march against the rule of SCAF and against the use of violence against women protesters by the military. A few days…
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12/11/2017

"Big Brother" is a satirical YouTube series, in which cartoonist and journalist Andeel acts as an imaginary 'brother' to Egyptians who likes to give…
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02/11/2012

This song mocks state propaganda in portraying the IMF as the saviour of Egyptians from poverty and need. As the Egyptian state justifies the large…
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21/09/2011

TV show presenter Reem Maged is in conversation with novelist Ahmed Khaled Towfik, a pioneer of the genre of science fiction and horror in Arabic, who…
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27/01/2012

This song describes the optimal characteristics for a future leader of Egypt. Controversially, the song ends with the following lines:
"Looks don’t…
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01/07/2013

A family story that traces shifts in modern Egyptian history. This widely acclaimed drama series, released in Ramadan 2013, is based on the novel by…
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15/08/2011

This Ramadan TV show from 2011 was highly acclaimed. Mowaten X is a contemporary murder mystery that deals with police brutality. Many viewers…
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11/07/2012

A 33-year old Egyptian filmmaker and photographer tells of his experience of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution and discusses how it inspired artists and…
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12/05/2014

A 65 year-old artist gives her account of her experience of the 2011 revolution in Egypt. She took part in student protests in 1972 in Alexandria and…
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01/05/2011

Iconic post-uprising street art, Ganzeer's 'Tank versus Bike' depicts a man on a bicycle delivering bread - a common sight in Egypt - being confronted…
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31/10/2011

Free Alaa Abdel-Fattah stencils from 2011. Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a prominent revolutionary activist, was imprisoned on several occasions after 2011 for…
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05/02/2012

A mural on Mohamed Mahmoud Street commemorating those killed at a football match in Port Said in February 2012. More than 70 Al-Ahly fans were killed…
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02/11/2013

This image depicts an Egyptian soldier standing over a pile of dead corpses; a clear criticism of the massive death toll under military rule.
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15/02/2016

Graffiti in Berlin by Egyptian street artist El Teneen commemorating Giulio Regeni. Regeni, an Italian student pursuing a PhD at the University of…
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15/04/2011

A depiction of the revolution and its success in ousting former president Hosni Mubarak, represented here as the king surrounded by pawns. This image…
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26/01/2016

This image raises awareness about unprecedented censorship and attacks on freedom of expression under the regime of El-Sisi. Of note, the government…
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26/01/2016

"The army protected the revolution. Of course." Screenprint on paper. This image, part of a series, is an ironic statement, highlighting that, despite…
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04/01/2016

"Presidential hobbies #freedomofexpression." This cartoon makes fun of the idea that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is a supporter of freedom. Under…
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11/07/2013

This cartoon, originally published by Al-Masry Al-Youm Online, is a clear condemnation of the violence perpetrated post-July 2013 against the Muslim…
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31/05/2014

This cartoon satirises the large number of political prisoners held under the regime of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In the first few months…
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18/09/2013

“May Our Lord punish them,” says the driver.

“May Our Lord punish them,” replies the passenger.

By agreeing to disagree, two Egyptians…
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09/09/2016

El-Sisi: 'Obviously I must be right...right?' This cartoon mocks President El-Sisi, who pretends to have all the answers.
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16/08/2012

Sad Panda is known for his images depicting sadness or gloom. This graffiti captured the mood amongst many activists at this time.
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01/11/2013

This famous mural depicts Sayed Khaled, painted with angel wings, the youngest martyr of the revolution. The Arabic reads: "Glory to the…
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16/10/2013

Famous street artists Ammar Abo Bakr and El Zeft created this poster art as a tribute to Belal Ali Saber -- a young man killed whilst marching in a…
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03/12/2011

This image highlights the theme of silence, self-censorship and looking the other way. It alludes to the failure of people to stand up to and speak…
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15/09/2012

Zeft's iconic Nefertiti and her gas mask, created as a tribute to the role of Egyptian women in the revolution. This image was often used in placards,…
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20/02/2012

These images depict a mother mourning her child. They refer to the mothers of the martyrs - those killed by the police during anti-regime protests.…
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25/03/2012

This is an iconic mural. It depicts protesters as graceful dancers, dodging the tear gas of the police, celebrating the bravery of those who faced up…
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25/03/2012

Samira Ibrahim above an army of faces of Ahmed Adel El Mogy, the doctor against whom she brought a court case for conducting so-called virginity…
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25/03/2012

Tomorrow and Yesterday: commemorating the Port Said massacre on one side, and portraying hope for the future on the other. This mural was also painted…
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05/06/2012

Saad Zaghloul gives the finger to the presidential elections of 2012. Zaghloul is a popular figure in the Egyptian imagination, a leader of the 1919…
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05/06/2012

This fascinating stencil image represents justice as a belly-dancer wearing a military beret, holding a scales. There are multiple layers to this…
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05/06/2012

Muslim Brotherhood and SCAF politicians eating a woman's corpse. This image could be read in two ways. First, it suggests that women are always used…
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11/08/2011

"The people want the fall of the regime". This graffiti image, depicting Syrian president Bashar al Assad, expresses solidarity with Syrians seeking…
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07/08/2011

In this image, a protester tries to break down 'corruption' while a member of SCAF watches and does nothing. This image reflects the growing…
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07/08/2011

'I miss you tear gas'. The tear gas canister has 'Made in USA: Expiry 2003' written on it. The image refers to the tear gas that was used against…
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26/01/2012

'Clean your brain so that nobody brainwashes you'. A common theme amongst revolutionary activists in the post-2011 period was that of brainwashing.…
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24/06/2011

This vivid image shows a fist, adorned with a cross and a crescent, representing unity between Muslims and Christians, breaking through military…
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01/06/2011

A grim futuristic account of Egyptian society in the year 2023. Originally published in Arabic in 2008, Utopia is a sharp criticism of Egyptian…
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19/01/2012

Egyptian novelist and writer Ahdaf Soueif narrates her history of Cairo and her journey through the first few months of the 2011 revolution,…
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07/02/2012

Pharaonic women going to battle. This famous mural, painted on the walls of Mohamed Mahmoud Street, depicts the gendered dimensions of the Egyptian…
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02/06/2015

This is a video of the band Bent al-Masarwa performing live. The band made their first album in 2015, after meeting at a creative writing workshop…
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01/04/2017

An online archive of voices of Egyptian people, documenting their understandings and perceptions of events after 2011. Material for the Dictionary was…
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21/12/2012

An angel informs Adam and Eve that they would not have been forced to leave paradise if they had voted 'yes' in the referendum on the 2012…
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03/07/2013

The cartoon refers to a national address given by former president Morsi, hours before the military deposed him, in which he declared that he would…
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02/06/2013

This cartoon criticises the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (also termed Female Genital Cutting).
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21/01/2013

This cartoon was created in the wake of the referendum approving the 2012 Egyptian constitution. It criticises the new constitution for failing to…
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27/12/2012

The cartoon depicts the daughter of ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Akhnaton. It pays tribute to those Egyptian women who cut their hair in Tahrir Square…
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11/02/2013

The cartoon was drawn in defiance of the alarming increase in sexual assaults against women protesters in 2013. It was particularly inspired by the…
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07/08/2013

The cartoon criticises what the artist believes to be US President Obama's support for the Muslim Brotherhood following the US criticism of the…
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16/08/2013

The cartoon criticises the Muslim Brotherhood for the deaths of hundreds of protesters at the hands of the security forces on 14 August 2013. The…
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17/08/2013

The cartoonist views the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The accompanying text in English says: 'If the elephant passes through the…
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08/12/2012

The cartoon depicts the Muslim Brothers hijacking a taxi and killing the driver. The taxi represents the Egyptian revolution. In other words, the…
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25/09/2013

The song addresses the situation in Egypt after the army's removal of Mohamed Morsy in July 2013. The narrator wants to give up and turn away from…
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03/03/2016

Cherophobia means 'fear of happiness'. The song is meant to reflect the feelings amongst the Egyptian youth in the post-revolutionary period.
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18/12/2016

According to Ayman Massoud, a member of Massar Egbari, in a conversation in 2017, the song was made in 2014 but the video was made in 2016. "It is a…
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13/02/2015

The song title means, 'You fall and you get up'. It expresses feelings of sadness and resignation. It aims to reflect the feelings of the youth living…
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11/04/2013

Taken from Massar Egbari's first album, 'Read the News' (2013), the song expresses defiance in the face of violence and authoritarianism.
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02/08/2011

Following the success of his satirical YouTube show B+, Bassem Youssef was offered a weekly show with TV network ONTV. Youssef's show came to be one…
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04/08/2018

A parody of Drake's 2018 hit, 'Kiki'. It replaces the original lyrics with ones describing the economic challenges facing Egyptians, accompanied by a…
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17/01/2013

This Oscar-nominated documentary follows the trajectory of several Tahrir Square protestors who took part in the first 18 days of the 2011 revolution,…
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13/10/2016

Cairo - 2013, two years after the Egyptian revolution, demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds are forcibly detained together…
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14/02/2016

This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and…
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01/01/2016

This critically acclaimed documentary about sexual harassment in Egypt uses women’s direct accounts of sexual harassment, in addition to body camera…
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17/01/2014

Crop is an absorbing account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution - one that includes no images of the popular uprising itself. Filmed entirely within the…
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14/09/2010

This film, directed by Ahmad Abdalla, is considered to have anticipated the 25 January 2011 revolution. It highlights the underground youth culture…
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11/09/2012

Viola Shafik's 'Scent of Revolution' traces the Egyptian revolution through the eyes of four different people of different generations living though…
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28/10/2013

Amid a cacophony of car horns and swearing, on the manic streets of Cairo Egyptians vent their frustrations and air their hopes and joys. With a cast…
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01/02/2012

Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, "I…
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12/12/2011

'Goodbye Mubarak!' takes us to Egypt during the fall of 2010, in the run-up to legislative elections. What we discover is a revolution-in-waiting…
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19/02/2012

Inspired by the book ‘Tweets from Tahrir’ by Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns, this film follows the experiences of five young, English-speaking ‘tweeps’. A…
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18/05/2011

Ten short films made by ten different directors about the first 18 days of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
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17/12/2011

This is a widely-distributed, deeply disturbing film intended to highlight the disproportionately violent response of the SCAF regime against…
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28/06/2013

A song by a group of acappella singers in support of the Tamarod (meaning 'rebel') campaign, which aimed to force early presidential elections to…
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09/07/2013

This song by a famous Egyptian singer was released in the summer of 2013, following the military's removal from power of Muslim Brotherhood president…
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09/07/2013

Officer: "I am killing him because he is a terrorist". Bearded man: "I am a terrorist because he is killing me". This cartoon aims to criticise the…
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09/07/2013

This cartoon was created during heightened polarisation in Egypt between supporters of deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, and supporters of the army…
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27/10/2012

In this song, Youssra El-Hawary pokes fun at conservative norms. The lyrics describe how people do different things on the streets, including killing…
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18/01/2013

These songs by the popular Choir Project band were shown on Bassem Youssef's TV show El Bernameg. They are humorous, satirical and politically…
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29/01/2011

In this clip, the much loved vernacular poet Ahmed Fouad Negm celebrates the revolution during its early days. Throughout his life, he wrote many…
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02/03/2011

This episode of the Baladna Bilmasry TV talk show became very famous for playing a part in the resignation of then prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. During…
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29/01/2011

The song "Let's Dream" was composed in the early days of the 2011 Revolution and sung by a group of Tunisian and Egyptian singers in celebration of…
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10/08/2014

The song and video clip depict women's everyday experiences of sexual harassment and highlight the problem of society blaming the victim.
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05/08/2013

This song, by belly dancer Sama El-Masry, released the month following the military coup against Mohamed Morsi, accuses US President Obama of…
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14/11/2012

This song, sung by belly dancer Sama El-Masry, mocks the Muslim Brotherhood. It was a viral hit amongst opponents of former president Mohammed Morsi…
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10/06/2013

Members of the Cairo ballet perform to 'Zorba the Greek' on the street outside the Ministry of Culture in June 2013 as part of a month-long protest…
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10/05/2016

This sketch by satirical performance group Atfal al-Shawarea mocks the controversial Saudi-Egypt agreement in 2016 over the Red Sea Islands. Following…
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15/10/2013

The cartoon depicts a craftsman sculpting a large pharaoh with the face of then General Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, head of the army. The caption underneath…
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12/12/2015

'Nawara', the story of a downtrodden maid's experience of the revolution, scooped international prizes but mediocre returns at the box office in…
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07/12/2011

In January 2011, two filmmakers captured the reality of the Egyptian revolution as it occurred out of view from the world's media in the alleyways and…
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11/01/2013

The film takes us behind the scenes of the Egyptian revolution, its leaders and participants, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. “Their…
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13/11/2012

A feature documentary originally planned as a three-part television series. Through the life of an Egyptian family, it covers the six months between…
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10/08/2012

Months before the 25 January 2011 uprising, many talked of revolution - but no one knew when that day would come. This story - filmed in the fourteen…
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29/11/2016

This documentary tells the story of the rise of Bassem Youssef from heart surgeon to the host of the Arab world's most popular TV show, the satirical…
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18/12/2015

From controversial subjects to risqué material, the Arab world’s most vociferous puppet talks about her early career in advertising and her plans for…
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07/02/2014

In this episode of the satirical show, El Bernameg, Bassem Youssef focuses on the difficulties of making satirical comedy in the midst of a violent…
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04/08/2013

If there is one song that is immediately associated with the military coup of 3 July 2013, then it is “Tislam al-Ayady” (God Bless Your Hands). This…
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07/07/2013

Song using Egyptian children to venerate the army in the wake of the army's removal of former president Mohamed Morsi.
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01/03/2013

This episode made fun of various comments made by then president Mohamed Morsi and led to Bassem Youssef's arrest for insulting the president and…
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22/09/2012

In this song, rock band Cairokee put to music “Al-ahzan al-‘adeyya” (Ordinary Sorrows, 1981) by legendary vernacular poet Abdel Rahman al-Abnoudi.…
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04/09/2013

“Masr le kol al-Masryeen” (Egypt for all Egyptians) is a celebratory riposte at the Brotherhood, variously accused of attempting to turn Egypt into…
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21/06/2013

Bassem Youssef mocks government/Muslim Brotherhood narratives that foreign spies are lurking in every corner, bringing on his idol Jon Stewart.
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05/04/2016

Director Tamer El Said and actor Khalid Abdalla discuss their film 'In the Last Days of the City' following its North American Premiere at New…
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23/12/2013

Documentary-maker Jehane Noujaim happened to be heading to her family home a few blocks from Tahrir Square in Egypt when the Egyptian revolution broke…
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14/10/2016

"Shooting action scenes in Cairo was suicidal" says Diab. The director of 'Clash', a thriller set within the confines of a police van as political…
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27/05/2017

Video Clip from Kalabsh Season 1. This Ramadan series follows the journey of Selim Al-Ansary, a hardworking police officer, who was wrongly accused of…
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30/04/2018

This film, released for the 2018 Eid holiday, smashed box office records in Egypt. The storyline revolves around a police officer, General Youssif…
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01/06/2016

This film explores the eery reality of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai Peninsual. Once a popular holiday destination, Sharm El Sheikh is now…
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12/02/2011

This mural, located on the outside walls of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Zamalek, Cairo, was one of many painted by students to celebrate the 25 January…
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12/02/2011

This street art, on the walls of the Faculty of Fine Arts, was painted some time in 2011. The figure of the mummy refers to Egypt, which is shouting,…
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24/11/2013

This film explores the 'mahragan' music scene through the lives of three young musicians. 'Mahragan' is a style of music that emerged from the most…
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28/02/2013

Egyptians protesting against then President Mohammed Morsi performed the internet meme, the "Harlem Shake" outside the headquarters of the Muslim…
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25/11/2016

Nour is a song by the famous Egyptian rapper Zap Tharwat featuring the renowned actor Amina Khalil. The song was developed under the leadership of the…
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30/09/2013

Live performance at El Sawy Culture Wheel, one of the few music venues in Cairo. The song is a social commentary on poor urban planning that leads to…
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04/02/2013

This episode of the popular talk show 'Hina al-Asima' was dedicated to discussing mass sexual harassment of women protesters in and around Tahrir…
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26/04/2019

Filming Revolution is a collection of interviews, film clips and thematic texts on the subject of documentary and independent filmmaking in Egypt…
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11/06/2011

This blog by 'Suzee in the City' documented street art and graffiti on the streets of Cairo and beyond in the period following the 25 January 2011…
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01/03/2011

Tahrir Documents is an archive of activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials were collected from demonstrations in…
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03/08/2017

In this debut novel, Hamilton tells the story of the Egyptian revolution beautifully and powerfully through the lives of young activists, Mariam and…
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11/02/2018

This is an archive of video footage shot by various Egyptian citizens, during the period 2011-2013. It is curated by a media collective called…
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28/01/2016

While tens of thousands of protestors gathered in cities across Egypt in January 2011, poor villagers in the country’s south followed the tense…
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27/05/2012

This song, by Ultras Ahlawy tells the story of the emergence of the group and their role in the 2011 revolution, including the massacre of 74 Ultras…
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31/01/2018

In this award-winning collection of six short stories, writer Muhammad El-Hajj, who has also written films and screenplays, explores feelings of loss,…
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24/09/2012

It was in the extraordinary and historic city of Suez that the first martyr of the Egyptian revolution fell. But the city has long been the gateway to…
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15/11/16

Dr Sara Salem asks Philip Rizk about the making of the documentary film 'Out on the Street' ('Barra fil-sharia`) with Yasmina Metwaly, state…
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25/03/2018

Dr Dina Rezk interviews former heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef in Los Angeles asking him about humour in Egypt, the huge success of his…
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15/03/2013

Sadat and Fifty are very successful mahragan musicians. This song is encouraging men not to sexually harass women. In 2013, there was a high incidence…
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17/02/2011

This is a short video explaining the idea behind Tahrir Monologues, a storytelling project founded on 17 February 2011. Initially, the project aimed…
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01/04/2011

In this mahragan track, Sadat and Fifty endorse the revolution but also poke fun at one of its most famous slogans, turning attention to people's…
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31/07/2013

Trailer for an action-thriller film about a young man caught up in criminal activities. The film stars Mohamed Ramadan, who plays a tough guy with a…
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03/04/2019

In this interview, Nicola Pratt asks Professor Hoda Elsadda of Cairo University about archives.
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05/04/2018

Abdullah El-Sherif is an Islamist-leaning Youtube personality who models his show on Bassem Youssef (and by extension, Jon Stewart), in the style of a…
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30/06/2011

A singer-songwriter who rose to fame shortly after the 2011 revolution, with this song a particular hit. He also performed in front of protesters in…
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30/01/2013

This book documents the graffiti of the first 2 years of the revolution. It is probably one of the most comprehensive collections of the street art…
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20/06/2011

Excerpts from Laila Soliman's interactive theatre performance 'No Time for Art'. The play, performed in June 2011, tells stories of the uprising and…
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13/10/2013

A 'nasheed' (verse put to very minimal music, translated as 'anthem') that was popular among Islamists and supporters of former president Mohamed…
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30/08/2011

This feature film is a slapstick comedy set in a working-class neighbourhood in the wake of the 25 January 2011 revolution. The film revolves around…
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28/01/2011

Spoken word poet Tamim al-Barghouti recited this poem on Al-Jazeera Mubasher on 28 January 2011 - dubbed the 'Day of Rage' by protesters. The poem…
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25/01/2011

This footage, probably recorded on a mobile phone, quickly went viral. It shows protesters on Qasr al-Aini Street, approaching Tahrir Square, on 25…
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04/04/2013

This award-winning documentary, aired internationally in 2014, tracks several musicians from Egypt's underground heavy metal scene, including the sons…
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05/12/2007

“This is Chaos” (Hiyya Fawda, in Arabic), is an Egyptian-French 2007 co-production and the last film by internationally-acclaimed Egyptian director…
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08/07/2012

In this video, recorded in Ramallah, at the 2012 Palestine International Festival, Egyptian singer Maryam Saleh sings 'Nixon Baba', originally written…
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10/12/2011

Filmed between 25 January 25 and 27 May 2011, the film tracks four months of the Egyptian revolution as seen through the director’s eyes. As one of…
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06/05/2014

This book documents the first years of the Egyptian revolution through its street art. The book is organised chronologically. The images of street art…
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20/04/2017

A mix of memoir and a humorous take on the Egyptian revolution. Bassem Youssef tells the story of the rise and fall of his satirical TV show, El…
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17/05/2018

This Ramadan TV series was shown on Egyptian TV in 2018 and is available to stream on Netflix. It follows 2 interlinked mysteries - one set in the…
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03/10/2018

This crime drama film is set during the height of clashes between security forces and protesters. A forensic doctor, suffering from alcoholism,…
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15/05/2016

This award-winning novel, originally published in Arabic in 2013, is set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, yet is clearly relevant to…
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15/10/2016

2025: fourteen years after the failed revolution, Egypt is invaded by a vicious foreign militant organization called the Knights of the Republic of…
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11/02/2012

This stencil on the walls of Cairo University supports a general strike called by the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions for 11 February…
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16/12/2011

This stencil on the walls of Cairo University commemorates Ahmed Mansour, a student at the university, who was killed during clashes between the…
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12/02/2011

A collection of demands expressed by individual citizens, pinned to a tree in Tahrir Square. It demonstrates the differences amongst ordinary…
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18/06/2011

People demonstrate in Hussein Square, in Islamic Cairo, calling for the police to return to the streets.
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25/12/2012

This video montage, to the music of the 2012 K-Pop hit by PSY, pokes fun at Tawfiq Okasha, political commentator and controversial host of the 'Egypt…
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16/01/2014

These are a selection of posters and banners found on the streets of Cairo in the run-up to the January 2014 constitutional referendum. The…
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24/07/2013

These are some of the examples of posters and banners seen around the streets of Cairo in the weeks and months following the removal of the Muslim…
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01/03/2017

This graffiti transliterates Sisi's name into the Latin alphabet letters 'C C'. In the wake of the July 2013 coup and the closing down of public…
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25/11/2011

These images of people wearing eye patches were painted on the walls of the downtown American University in Cairo campus on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in…
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25/09/2015

In an acting workshop in a working-class Cairo neighborhood, 10 men recount episodes of exploitation, humiliation and injustice; their stories centre…
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01/07/2006

This collection of photos taken by journalist and blogger Hossam El-Hamalawy constitutes a rich archive of images of the revolutionary period of…
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25/01/2012

Tahrir-Liberation Square is a 90 minute documentary by Stefano Savona. It follows Noha, Ahmed and Elsayed as street protests become a revolution. “Day…
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08/09/2011

This three-part film was made in 2011 by three different directors: Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, and Amr Salama, with the participation of director Ahmad…