Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2012
The feature length documentary “Egypt the Story Behind the Revolution,” directed by Khaled Sayed and produced by M. David Green, has won the Visionary Award at the Awareness Film Festival in West Hollywood.
“Egypt: the Story Behind the Revolution” introduces Egyptian activists to the American audience, and gives them a voice. Hear them tell the story of their struggle during the 18 days standoff with the Egyptian state police, and how they finally succeed to remove Mubarak after 30 years as a sitting president, in their own words.
According to Sayed, “Egyptians used to fear talking out against the government, even in private, because the feeling was that the walls had ears.” Now, he says, “The walls still hear, but the people have no fear, because they have nothing left to lose.”
However, even that is not without a price. Sayed was beaten and roughed up at the hands of Egyptian authorities repeatedly while filming his documentary. Sayed’s treatment is perhaps evidence of what he calls “the incomplete revolution.” The nation’s former president for 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, is gone, but the oppression continues.
Tony Dijamco from the Awareness Film Festival said, “When I was watching the first 20 minutes or so there was something I couldn’t put my finger on, and I realized that the film didn’t have a narrator, and it was really all these individual stories that came together. I found the remarkable because i don’t see that in documentaries very often.”
Dijamco went on to say, “One of the people interviewed said that the revolution didn't have a leader; there was no one person, there was no one figurehead people are following. And I thought that really brought the whole story together.” Sayed’s powerful images capture these passionate pleas for human dignity, as the tear gas clouds envelop and swallow the protesters.
The award-winning film maker is boycotting the election. “None of the candidates will have any real power,” says Sayed. “The new constitution, written by the same military leaders Hosni Mubarak put into power, takes the entire military budget out of the control of the government.”
Sayed is currently working on “Stories from Tahrir,” a follow-up documentary in which he follows up with a look at the challenges Egyptians still face in their continuing fight for freedom, and how they define success.