Tahrir: Liberation Square

Tahrir: Liberation Square
Genre: Documentary | Director: Stefano Savona | Language: Arabic, English subtitles| Length: 91 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2011 | Rating: N/A

Soon after the first reports came about the occupation of Tahrir Square, filmmaker Stefano Savona headed for Cairo, where he stayed, amidst the ever-growing masses in the Square, for weeks. His film introduces us to young Egyptians … involved in a massive movement of street protest for political freedom.

“A welcome contrast to the Western media’s bird’s eye view of the seismic January revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the energetic verité documentary TAHRIR dives right into the action.” —Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.6

Tunisian Women: We Will Stand Up

Tunisian Women: We Will Stand Up
Genre: Documentary | Director: Hajer Ben Nasr | Language: Arabic, English subtitles | Length:  55 minutes | Country: Tunisia | Year: 2013 | Rating: N/A

On December 18, 2010 Tunisians of all ages took the streets of Tunis to demand better living conditions and the end of President Ben Ali’s repressive dictatorship, starting what would become the 2011 Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring. Among the demonstrators were seven Tunisian women activists, each one of these women celebrating the culmination of a life devoted to the fight for freedom and democracy in their country This documentary has followed the fight against dictatorship of a few Tunisian women from different backgrounds, ranging from the opposition party leader, to the singer, to the simple mother whose child got unfairly imprisoned, and others. The film then goes on to tell us about their plans and fears when facing the new threats in the unstable post-revolutionary time in Tunisia.

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.6