On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25th, artist Lara Baladi presents the uprising through a selection of YouTube virals, many of which were screened in Tarhir Cinema.
Although the Egyptian revolution has been called the 'Facebook Revolution', the majority of Egyptians did not and still don't have access to the Internet, and therefore have no access to news coverage other than through the Egyptian media. During the July 2011 sit-in in Tahrir Square in Cairo, a group of artists and filmmakers lit up a corner of the square with an open-source 'revolutionary' screen: Tahrir Cinema. Every night, a filmmaker, journalist, or activist presented a selection of visual material related to the Egyptian revolution, ranging from raw footage to documentary, from HD to mobile camera quality, from animation to YouTube virals.
Lara Baladi is a Cairo-based artist and one of the founders of Tahrir Cinema with the non-profit Egyptian media initiative Mosireen.