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The Noise of Cairo (2012)

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Art, Cairo and revolution.

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"The Noise of Cairo" is a cinematic adventure, following the interplay between art and the revolution in Egypt. Protest of any kind was punished violently in pre-revolutionary Egypt and artistic expression was considered nothing but a threat to the status quo. But since the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, the art scene in Cairo is flourishing once again. How did the revolution of 2011 change Egyptian artists and their work? Twelve influencers from Cairo's cultural scene lead us on a journey to understand the unique role artists played during the revolution in Cairo. This documentary bears witness to Cairo's vibrant artistic underbelly, as it raises its voice once again. The artists of Cairo, who refused to quiet down, come together to be heard. These individuals create "The Noise of Cairo". Written by scenesfrom

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A documentary about Cairo, art and revolution


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Germany | Egypt

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Arabic | English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kair odzyskuje glos See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt

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A record of the aftermath of 2011 Arab Spring revolution in Egypt from the perspective of artists, discusses the relationship between art, politics and society
3 November 2017 | by drop-789-507297See all my reviews

It's a beautiful documentary that discusses the relationship between art, society and politics. Through the interviews with various artists, we know in detail about artists' life and practice under the drastic change of the Arab Spring revolution in 2011. The turnover of the Mubarak regime frees up space for artists, along with other normal people to express themselves. However, this freedom is not absolute or guaranteed. When artists challenge the army force, they still get arrested and tortured. The documentary was shot during a time of transition, just after the revolution, when the old is collapsing but not yet fully collapsed, while the new is forming yet has not come.

One inspiring point that the director made during this documentary is that change does not happen by making one authoritarian leader go away. It needs to happen in a system. People who doubt that revolution could never happen are empowered by the possibility of making change. Such hope shall never fall.

I am thirst for a more in-depth analysis and reflection that explains the reason of the revolution, though this might not be this documentary's focus. It's focus is more on the artistic expressions. The song of the women artist when it approaches the end is very beautiful. In all, it's a movie that raise the visibility of artists' presence in society.


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