UPRISING (58' & 84')
DIRECTED BY FREDRIK STANTON
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NY Times Critics' Pick
"'Uprising' makes clear [...] what
may have seemed a spontaneous protest by millions
against the oppressive [...] rule [...] of Mubarak"
"...the rebellion (is) laid out in
absorbing, you-are-there fashion in the documentary..."
"...few viewers will fail to be moved"
"Uprising takes a clear, cohesive
approach to the spontaneous events at its center"
Uprising is the authoritative, behind-the scenes account
of the Egyptian revolution.
In January 2011, millions of Egyptians
took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against
thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni
Mubarak. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, the
largely peaceful protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and
live bullets in the hope of facing down security forces
and overthrowing the government. Over eight hundred lost
their lives, and several thousand were arrested and
tortured by security forces.
Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the
Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor
of Inside Job, UPRISING tells the story of the Egyptian
revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key
organizers, their struggle for freedom against tremendous
odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that
allowed them to succeed. Featuring major figures including
four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian
presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of
Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White
House officials, along with never before seen footage,
UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view
of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.
Many of those profiled were arrested, some were tortured,
several were shot. All of them describe it as the most
meaningful and rewarding event of their lives. The film
explores the frustrations that had built for decades, the
role of social media in unleashing the revolution, the
youth and courage that changed a nation, and the
implications for the future. Their success in forcing the
downfall of the regime, one of the most significant
foreign policy developments since the fall of the Berlin
Wall, has changed the face of the Middle East and provided
hope for millions of oppressed people across the world.
The Egyptian revolution was unique, in its use of
technology, in its youth, and in its scale. It happened at
the heart of a region that is especially important and
fragile. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, of
courage rewarded, of a people who in a spontaneous,
peaceful eruption beat back a police state and threw off
the shackles of decades of degradation and oppression.
In addition to unprecedented access to and insights from
key revolutionary leaders, the story also incorporates
gripping, never before seen footage from the front lines
of the action that viscerally convey the excitement,
uncertainty, chaos, and sacrifices as what began as
celebratory protests turned into life and death clashes
with Mubarak?s security forces.
Director Fredrik Stanton is a John C. Whitehead Fellow of
the Foreign Policy Association and the author of Great
Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World. He
has appeared on C-Span?s Washington Journal and Voice of
America, and his writing has been published in the
Washington Post.com, Forbes.com, Politico, the Boston
Herald and the United Nations Association?s A Global
Agenda. The former president and publisher of the Columbia
Daily Spectator, he has served as an election monitor in
Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo and