Belgium/UK, 78 minutes, 2013, DCP, 16:9, 5.1
Arabic and English spoken, English and French subtitles
Opus Bonum award for best world documentary film, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2013
Eastern Maidan through the eyes of Europeans award, Kyiv International Documentary Film Festival 2014
Special Mention, international competition, ForumDoc Belo Horizonte 2014
First prize, Streams European Online Film Festival 2014
The Uprising shows us the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.
This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The film uses this footage, not to recount the actual chronology of events or analyse their causes, but to create an imaginary pan-Arab uprising that exists (for the moment) only on the screen.
The Uprising was made in even closer collaboration than usual with Bruno Tracq, and the sound design and music are by Olivier Touche. This is the seventh time I have worked with Bruno, and the fifth time I have worked with Olivier.
Since its début in Jihlava, The Uprising has been screened at more than 20 international film festivals, including Turin, Edinburgh, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight.
To learn more about the film, including information on past and upcoming screenings, go to: theuprising.be.