05/03/2012

Berlinale 2012 - World Cinema Fund - Documenting Revolution - Part IV: Nora Younis, Journalist, Activist, Blogger (Egypt)

"Should I be a journalist and keep a distance from the events or should I be an active citizen at this moment?"

Events and Festivals, Egypt

On February 15, during World Cinema Fund Day, in partnership with Euromed Audiovisual, a panel on "Filmmakers and the Arab Spring: Documenting revolution" featured Egyptian journalist, activist, and blogger Nora Younis, as well as Nadia El Fani, Hala Galal and Hania Mroue.

"I have the feeling that young Egyptian filmmakers were not part of the big picture of society before the revolution," she said. "With the revolution, everybody was accepted in the streets, in Tahrir and elsewhere"

The journalist and activist also spoke about here film Reporting Revolution. "Revolution came. We were not prepared, we had to live this event and our strategy was 'keep shooting'. We were not sure about what we were going to produce. Nobody was thinking about films. All we did was spread it all over and not just in Cairo, and keep the cameras going. […] When we decided to do a film, we did not think about the Berlinale at all. The first idea that came to our mind was our Youtube channel" 

"The problem that everyone faced and questioned out of these six characters [the six main characters of the film, six journalists] was: Should I be a journalist and keep a distance from the events that I have seen and be neutral towards both sides and completely out of the equation, or should I be an active citizen at this moment?"

"We cannot ignore that journalists were targeted, especially those with cameras," she said.

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