Faces of Tahrir
“Faces of Tahrir” envisages the audio recording of a series of radio-reports from the venue symbolizing the revolution in Egypt. The people of Tahrir speak out in our reports, not only narrating their own personal experiences and motivation inside the bigger revolutionary picture, but also to mirror the wider dreams and expectations incentivizing their fight for a free, democratic Egypt. “Faces of Tahrir” is a string of short-form radio documentaries, portraits telling the stories of 10 unknown protagonists of this revolution. A sequence of short episodes forming the collective elements of a multi-faceted mosaic and expressing the many diverse aspects of the uprising.
“Faces of Tahrir” is a project by Marco Pasquini, Emiliano Sacchetti and Luca Mandrile.
Productions: Abbasso il Gradozero
Noah is a young girl who has worked in camp hospitals set up in Tahrir Square during the days of the uprisings in Egypt. “It was the most magical moment of my entire life,” she says.
“A policeman pointed his gun at me, there were less than two meters between the two of us. It ‘s amazing the way I have it pointed directly to the head … while I turned to run away, the bullet grazed me in the neck”. So begins the story of Elsayed, a young freelance translator. Elsayed has witnessed the bloodiest chapters of the uprisings in Egypt and in those days he has risked his life twice.
“At the police station there was an officer who kept saying […] I was accused of having set on fire the Ministry of Interior and murdering seven soldiers, I was there bleeding and laughing […]. “Nada is a young filmmaker, small and thin “so thin” she says “that compared to the soldiers I looked like a fish.”
Yasser is a Palestinian surgeon naturalized Egyptian, in Tahrir Square in January 2011. He is one of those who have saved hundreds of protesters from the violence of the army and police and has witnessed the martyr of men; women and children took to the streets for a better Egypt.
Hasan is a student of Al-Azhar University and doesn’t know what democracy is and has never known. He took the streets for his newborn daughter to grow up in a country other than the one in which he lived.