When Egyptians woke up on January 25th, 2011, they never expected the one day demonstration planned for that public holiday to evolve into a full out revolution aimed at overthrowing the regime’s 30 year long grip on power. Three talented young directors decided to tell their story of the revolution from their unique cinematic point of view, choosing to focus not only on the politics, but on a handful of individuals whose actions would determine their fate and forever change the future of their country. This is the story of their revolution told from their eyes with three different perspectives.
We’re not likely to get a docu on the 2011 Egyptian revolution with greater scope than “Tahrir 2011,” at least not in the immediate aftermath of those momentous events. Cleverly divided into three parts, each helmed by a rising director of what’s sure to become known as the bridge generation between pre- and post-revolution, the docu covers the demonstrators in Tahrir Square (directed by Tamer Ezzat), explores the psyche of the police who violently intervened (Ayten Amin), and investigates Hosni Mubarak’s psyche (Amr Salama). Egyptian and international markets will enthusiastically applaud, the latter mostly via fests and TV.