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I Am the People by Anna Roussillon

The Cultural services of the French Embassy presents the 2014 documentary I Am the People (Je suis le Peuple) by Anna Roussillon.

In January 2011, Egypt was marked by anti-government demonstrations. Intimately shot over the three year period from the toppling of President Mubarak to the election and fall of Mohamed Morsi, I Am the People is the portrait of a family, far from Tahrir Square in Egypt’s rural South, as they follow the Tahrir uprising via television and daily newspapers.

In this first feature, Anna Roussillon, a French citizen raised in Egypt, shows an alternate view of the revolution from the perspective of Farraj, his family, and friends as they make sense of and debate national politics. Although the director never appears on camera, she is constantly in dialogue with the protagonists.

Through the experiences and voices of this community in the periphery, I Am the People depicts a complex picture of the struggle for democracy.

The film was part of the ACID selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

In Arabic with English subtitles

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5 Monde.

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