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07.11 – I Am The People

Originaltittel: Je suis le peuple
Foto: Anna Roussillon
Produksjonsår: 2014
Nasjonalitet: Frankrike
Språk: Arabisk
Spilletid: 111 min.
Visningsformat: DCP

FavouritesFilmFestival_IamThePEOPLE_01In a remote village in the fertile Nile valley Farraj is following the news about the incidents at Cairo’s Tahrir square during the Egyptian revolution in 2011. The political tumults that precede and follow Mubarak’s fall are reflected through the eyes of the farmer and his family. Despite the hard work, there is room for jokes and mutual teasing as the farming continues. Their everyday life seems almost unaffected by the furores in the far away capital. Life goes on. But Farraj follows the events attentively and exchanges ideas with filmmaker Anna Roussillion in a sharp analytical but also in an accessible fashion. Roussillion spent three years filming and almost seems like an extended member of the family at some point. The ease and candor of their conversations speaks to their deep comfort in each other’s presence and makes this film much more than a chronicle of the revolution.

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