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A Feature film by Jihan El-Tahri

Produced by Big Sister

Production year : 2015


    On January 25th, 1952, downtown Cairo was burnt to the ground, the mobs demanded the departure of British colonial rule and called for « Bread, Freedom and Social Justice ». 59 years later, on the exact same day, the same anger was displayed and the same slogans brandished. Were Egypt’s hope for true Independence thwarted ?

    President Gamal Abdel Nasser Egypt’s iconic president, the hero of Independence built the infrastructure of  the Post-colonial Egyptian state. For 6 decades, Egypt’s leaders forged a system that harnessed military and religious powers, struck a delicate balance in foreign relations and muzzled a complacent civil society.  But it is the struggle for power between the Army and the Muslim Brotherhood has been at the heart of defining the country’s future. This dance between Egypt’s only two political forces continues to define the Egyptian politics landscape until today.

    This story takes the spectators on a journey into the heart of Egypt’s rich modern history. Through specific events  we will get to know how and why the very structures laid by President Nasser remain intact to our day and how they made Egypt’s 2011 Revolution became inevitable.

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Big Sister

    Photos (7)

    Full credits (4)

    Foreign producer :

    Jihan El-Tahri

    Director of Photography :

    Frank-Peter Lehmann

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :


    Production language :

    Arabic, English, Russian

    Coproducer countries :

    France, South Africa

    Original French-language productions :


    Production year :


    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 37 min

    Current status :

    Approval :



    Festival Selections

    TIFF - 2015

    TIFF (Canada, 2015)


    TIFF Docs


    TIFF - 2015

    TIFF (Canada, 2015)


    Director : Jihan El-Tahri