Synopsis by Mark Deming
Three Egyptian filmmakers examine different aspects of their nation's political insurgence of 2011 and its aftermath in this documentary. Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad, And The Politician is constructed in three parts; part one, The Good, is directed by Tamer Ezzat and focuses on the activists who took part in the daily protests in Tahrir Square. The protesters represent a diverse cross section of the Egyptian populace, but all are motivated by the prospect of greater freedom and the opportunity for long-term change, despite the efforts by authorities to shut them down. In The Bad, Ayten Amin profiles the police and security officers who fought against rank-and-file Egyptians activists in their bid for political freedom; allowing the officers to speak for themselves, Amin attempts to sort out the reasoning behind people willing to fight against their own countrymen. And in the closing segment The Politician, Amr Salama examines the life and career of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president who was ousted in the revolt; Salama offers a witty but powerful study in "How to become a dictator in ten steps" and features interviews with a number of Mubarak colleagues who worked beside him during his thirty years in office. Tahrir 2011 received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
activism, Egypt, Egyptian [nationality], political-demonstration, political-upheaval, revolution