Five years on from the Arab Spring, film-maker and curator Alisa Lebow presents Filming Revolution (2015), an archive of filmic responses to the revolution in Egypt, featuring a vast selection of works, interviews, essays and commentary.
Special guests include actor, producer and activist Khalid Abdalla.
Filming Revolution is an interactive data-based documentary archive about independent and documentary film-making in Egypt since the revolution.
Bringing together the collective wisdom and creative strategies of media-makers in Egypt, the website consists of 30 interviews with Egyptian film-makers, artists, activists and archivists, talking about their work and their ideas about how (and whether) to make films in the time of revolution.
Alisa Lebow is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. A documentary film-maker and film scholar, she is interested in the productive interstices between theory and practice. She has written articles on the relationship between the camera and the gun, the “unwar” documentary, the political ramifications of first person film-making, and more.
Her most recent book is A Companion to Contemporary Documentary, co-edited with Alexandra Juhasz (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Filming Revolution, her first venture into the realm of interactive documentary, was released in October 2015.
Khalid Abdalla is an actor, producer and activist currently living in Cairo. He is a founding member of the activist media collective Mosireen, and of the Cimatheque in downtown Cairo.
He is also known for his performances in United 93 (2006), The Kite Runner (Mark Forster, 2007), The Green Zone (Paul Greenglass, 2010), and Jehane Noujaim’s 2012 documentary The Square.
He produced and starred in the forthcoming Egyptian independent film In the Last Days of the City, directed by Tamer El Said (2016).