Media Type:

Documentaries


Title

Brutal Egypt Security Force Beat Woman Unconscious

Subject

Video news footage and accompanying music

Description

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 Egypt and beyond. The woman, whose identity was never revealed, has been dubbed the 'blue bra woman' or, more affectionately, 'sitt al-banat' ('The best of girls').
The protests outside the Cabinet building aimed to prevent Kamal al-Ganzouri from becoming prime minister. Egyptian revolutionaries objected to Ganzouri, who had served under former president Hosni Mubarak.
The video is also an example of DIY montage - that is, individuals creating video montages and pairing them with a piece of music. In this case, the montage maker sought to raise awareness of the violence of the military. The song is called 'Bil-Waraqa wal-’alam' (With pen and paper) and is sung by Riham ‘Abd al-Hakim. It is taken from a 2010 film called 'Asal Iswid' ('Black Honey' or 'Molasses'), which is a comedy/light drama exploring feelings of disillusionment towards Egypt, where Egyptian citizens have few rights and live hard lives.

Creator

Youth Who Love Egypt

Publisher

YouTube

Date Published

18/12/2011

Contributor

    Riham ‘Abd al-Hakim

Rights

Standard YouTube licence

Language

Arabic

Date Created

17/12/2011

Citation

Youth Who Love Egypt , “Brutal Egypt Security Force Beat Woman Unconscious,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed November 24, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/36.

Output Formats


Media

Egyptian Security Forces Beat Women.jpg

    Warning! This video contains images of violence.

Duration

2 minutes, 47 seconds