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Review of “Goodbye Mubarak”

August 4, 2012

My review of Goodbye Mubarak, a film by Katia Janjoura, has been published by the Anthropology Review Database.

This film focuses not so much on the 18 days in Tahrir Square, but on the tensions and events that led up to the revolt, beginning with the elections of 2005 and continuing into the weeks and months preceding the mass outpouring of opposition. What the filmmakers discover in Egypt during the fall of 2010, in the run-up to legislative elections, is a revolution-in-waiting, simmering under the surface of Egyptian society.

Here’s the abstract:

Goodbye, Mubarak is a straightforward, narrated documentary examining the tensions building in Egypt that led to the 20111 revolution. While there is little new information, the film does an excellent job of putting the social media aspects of the revolution in context, and of capturing the paradox that many Egyptians knew their country was on the edge of a revolution, yet no one actually saw it coming until they found themselves in the middle of it.

Click here to read the whole review.

And here’s the trailer:

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