Tahrir: The Good, The Bad and The Politician (Trailer)
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 Abdallah. It attempts to document the Egyptian revolution from three different perspectives: the protestors and their struggles; the police forces and their reasons for using violence; and the rise and fall of the dictator.
It mixes interviews and real footage from demonstrations. Winner of the UNESCO prize at the Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary film at the Oslo Film Festival, Best Arabic producer at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama and Ahmad Abdallah
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Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin, Amr Salama and Ahmad Abdallah, “Tahrir: The Good, The Bad and The Politician (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed February 1, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/262.
Hosni Mubarak: “And history will judge me and others for our good deeds, and our bad” Male activist 1: “We reached Tahrir Square..” Female activist 1: “Fire and smoke everywhere..” Police officer 1: “If I didn’t spray them with water, someone else will come along and use something much worse than water” Text: “The first Egyptian documentary on general release” Female doctor: “The Imam of the mosque called out to us to say that there were a lot of wounded in the mosque” Male activist 2: “Those who don’t have […] if they enter, they’ll kill you” Text: “If you think you know what happened during the Egyptian Revolution, you’ll question that when you see Tahrir 2011. – Linda Hassler, European critic” Male activist 3: “It was a repeating scene, someone would get injured, go get medical treatment and then just come back again” Text: “The most important work that captures the revolution’s spirit – Tarek El-Shinawy” Female activist 1: “There were boats coming from below [on the Nile] who were attacking us while we were on the bridge” Male activist 4: “The State Security and informers were beating us up”. Text: “The good” Police officer 1: “There were people staging a sit-in in the square, and you want them to go..find me a solution that is in the middle” Text: “I wept while watching Tahrir 2011 – Samir Farid” Police officer 2: “We were sometimes ordered to wipe people out. They used to call it hanging a pomegranate” Police officer 3: “Those who opened fire were called killers, while those who retreated were accused of being traitors” Police officer 2: “Ayman Nour for example, we surely have his telephone bugged” Text: “Will be met with applause in both the Egyptian and global markets – Variety Magazine USA” Police officer 1: “The state was using us as a stick, either to lean on, or to hit out with”. Text: “The bad” Text and voice off screen: “How to be a dictator in 10 steps” Voice off screen: “Suddenly there was a different picture with Mubarak leading because he’s the leader of course. It was a scandal” Man 1: “The same person who used to dye the President’s hair..they all used to go to him as well” Man 2: “Maybe the President started dying his hair, so everyone started copying him” Man 3: “This is the culture of Pharaohisation” Text: “The film’s three parts all come together wonderfully – Samir Farid” Alaa El-Aswany: “But if the judiciary is independent, the regime will collapse after a week” Mohamed El-Baradei: “There are just three people who have the right to run for the Egyptian presidency, out of 85 million people. Among them are two whose names we don’t even know”. Text: The politician Text: “Three directors, three different perspectives” Hosni Mubarak: “They say the President is preparing his son to take over...My son is just helping me” Gamal Mubarak: “Someone answer this guy”