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|UPRISING (director/writer: Fredrik Stanton; cinematographer: Samer Elzedin; editors: William James Hamilton/Adam Bolt; Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Alexander Davidis/Fredrik Stanton/Samer Elzedin; Rebellion Films; 2012)|
|"Works best as a document on
by Dennis Schwartz
Stanton directs this well-produced no-frills
straightforward historical documentary that follows
the spontaneous demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir
Square that started in January 2011, that led
to the overthrow of the despised 82-year-old Egyptian
dictator Hosni Mubarak and his corrupt and oppressive
regime after ruling under martial law since 1981. The
no-nonsense documentary gives us an accurate time-line
of events that led to the dictator's downfall and
arrest at the end of the year, whereby he was
sentenced to a life sentence in a new democratic Egypt
struggling to achieve a full democracy. It shows
revealing videos, some footage never seen before, of
the important events following both the peaceful and
bloody demonstrations at Tahrir Square. On Jan 28, the
subjugated masses lost their fear of the police state
after attacked by security thugs on camels working for
the regime and were reassured the army would not mow
them down like in the current Syrian uprising.
an informative pic geared for political junkies and
those wanting more of a heads up on the events of 2011
in Egypt, something they might want to view again as a
refresher or maybe for what was missed on the networks
news, CNN or Al Jazeera. The 'Uprising' viewers will
be rewarded with seeing how passionate, brave,
articulate, peace loving and sincere were these
highlighted likable activists and how the hope for the
successful revolution, that was fueled by
communicating on Facebook, was gained through
non-violent mass demonstrations by a cross-section of
the population voicing that they wanted to be part of
the modern world and for their stifling poverty and
oppression to end with the downfall of the dictator.
We're told by talking heads, Nobel Peace Prize nominees, an international collection of politicians, activists and members of the idealistic non-violent Revolutionary Youth Union that once the population has tasted freedom, there's no retreat and the 840 who died for the cause will not have died in vain. The film works best as a document on recent history.
REVIEWED ON 12/29/2012 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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