FREEDOM BUS tells the story of Ashraf El Sharkawy, 39, who leaves behind an established life as a successful manager in Germany to start a campaign in Egypt helping to spread the idea of ...
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FREEDOM BUS tells the story of Ashraf El Sharkawy, 39, who leaves behind an established life as a successful manager in Germany to start a campaign in Egypt helping to spread the idea of democracy. Driven by the urge to give back something to his parents home country, Ashraf - born and raised in Germany, to Egyptian parents - develops a campaign named 'Freedom Bus'. Prior to the first truly free elections in the history of Egypt, Ashraf travels the entire country with a team of companions in his 'Freedom Bus'. Their goal: to self-empower the Egyptian people - hoping they will not miss out on their historic chance to vote.Written by
"Freedom Bus" is about a German-born Egyptian's attempt to educate the people in Egypt on democracy. Unfortunately, the methods he uses are not fully explored in the film: All we get to see are some of the preparations he and his team take to finance their project, and then some people on the street arguing or watching educational videos.
I don't feel that I got a very deep insight into the political situation in Egypt at the time of filming, as nothing much happens in the film besides the bus going from town to town. What was quite nice to see, however, is the portrayal of the confusion, fear, and hope that the Egyptians felt during this time, as we get several scene of either the Freedom Bus personnel or the civilians they meet expressing their expectations and grievances.
If you are absolutely interested in politics in Egypt and you have 90 minutes to spare, "Freedom Bus" might be nice to kill some time. But I doubt you'll learn anything new from it.
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