Documentary brings Egypt's revolt to Venice fest
By Silvia Aloisi
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - The 18-day uprising that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is at the center of "Tahrir 2011," a documentary named after the Cairo square that became a gathering point for protesters which premieres at the Venice film festival.
The film is divided into three chapters -- The Good, The Bad and The Politician -- each handled by a different director and focusing respectively on the demonstrators, police forces and Mubarak.
The three sections mix real footage of the protests, the crackdown by the feared security apparatus and Mubarak's defiant speeches in the face of growing revolt with interviews with activists, police officers, Mubarak's aides and political analysts.
"It's a collage movie offering three different points of view on the same events," Tamer Ezzat, who like the other two Egyptian co-directors filmed the protests while taking part in them, told reporters in Venice.
"The message I'm trying to convey is the revolution is still ongoing. Mubarak's resignation marked a turning point, but we cannot say this is when the story ends."
Amr Salama, who directed the take on the 83-year-old Mubarak, said his was both a satirical and serious attempt "to get inside the brain" of the toppled leader.
It includes a 10-step guide on how to become a dictator, ranging from hair-dying to creating false enemies, from cultivating a personality cult to going into a state of denial over one's own impending demise.
Among those interviewed is Dr. Hossam Badrawi, one of Mubarak's closest advisers in the final days of his rule who recounts how his attempts to open the former president's eyes fell on deaf ears. Continued...