Welcome, reader! According to Antony Hegarty in this second decade of the new century our future is determined. What will it be? Stays all the same and do we sink away in the mud or is something new coming up? In this blog I try to follow new cultural developments.

Welkom, lezer! Volgens Antony Hegarty leven we in bijzondere tijden. In dit tweede decennium van de eenentwintigste eeuw worden de lijnen uitgezet naar de toekomst. Wat wordt het? Blijft alles zoals het is en zakken we langzaam weg in het moeras van zelfgenoegzaamheid of gloort er ergens iets nieuws aan de horizon? In dit blog volg ik de ontwikkelingen op de voet. Als u op de hoogte wilt blijven, kunt u zich ook aanmelden als volger. Schrijven is een avontuur en bloggen is dat zeker. Met vriendelijke groet, Rein Swart.

Laat ik zeggen dat literaire kritiek voor mij geen kritiek is, zolang zij geen kritiek is op het leven zelf. Rudy Cornets de Groot.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas.

Het is juist de roman die laat zien dat het leven geen roman is. Bas Heijne.

In het begin was het Woord, het Woord was bij God en het Woord was God. Johannes.

maandag 6 februari 2012

Egypt: Children of the revolution (2012), documentary by May Abdalla

'Blood keeps flowing.'

In the documentary series of This World on the third of February 2012 May Abdalla follows three young Egyptians during the year after the revolution in the beginning of 2011. They all have their ideals: Gigi Ibrahim (left, second from top) is a freedom fighter, famous for her tweets and determindness, Ahmed Hassan is a young men from poor parents who has a good heart and seeks for justice but even more for a job, Tahir Yasin (right, second from top) is a Salafist with a strong belief in an islamist future.

January 25 and later.
 During mass demonstrations on this important day of the non-violent uprising against the corrupt regime of Mubarakm Gigi saw police officers running away from Tahrir Square, after first having tried to stop the demonstrators. She herself was not afraid. Ahmed remembers the war on Lovers bridge on the 10th of February. Mubarak asks the people to calm down. ‘Bastard,’ Ahmed says. The demonstrators wave with their shoes in the air. One day later vice-president Suleiman declares the resignation of Mubarak. Gigi phones to her dad (right on the top), a businessman and feels that life has to go back to normal again. Ahmed thinks his life will be better from now on. His mother sells vegetables and was often threatened by the polide. Gigi’s older sister is worried, just like her aunt. Tahir is glad. He was in prison several times and now he can talk freely about his beliefs.

July 23 and later.
Tantawi (right under), leader of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) wants everybody to go back to work. Gigi’s dad has a clothes factory and did not like the strikes, but Gigi supports the strikers. Ahmed has not found work yet. He fears that his participation in the revolution is not a recommandation. He can only work in a factory. Tahir wants the Sharia to rule in Egypt, he is glad the Moslem Brotherhood en the Salafist work together. The mother of Ahmed goes to Tahrir Square and doesn’t like the masculine orders of the moslem men. Gigi is glad that her aunt is more positive about the uprising. The SCAF clears the Tahrir Square from demonstrators. Gigi is arrested. Her dad is worried. She doesn’t know the real face of the army, he says. He wants the SCAF to govern, since the Egyptians are unfamiliar with democracy.

September 26 and later.
The SCAF proclaims general elections. Tahir says a woman cannot be with her picture on their election-posters. Gigi goes with friends for a holiday to the Red Sea. There she hears from the violence by the army against the Coptic Christians. Army and islamists work together to expel them. 27 of them died. One of them is a friend of Ahmed. The problem is that blood keeps flowing, he says. He doesn’t understand it. The army is no longer with the people. The SCAF blames the protesters. Tahir says the Christians are to blame and the protesters are enemies of the state. Tahir is going to get married.

November 21 and later.
A week to go to the elections. Cairo is a chaos. Tahir is convinced about the real change, that is going to happen. Gigi is walking around, filming as a onofficial monitor. She refuses to vote. Freedom doesn’t came easily she says. Her dad is scared. The Moslem Brotherhood is the biggest party, the Salafist almost get a quarter of all votes. Tahir is having a happy marriage. The islamists can challenge the army, he says. Ahmed is on Tahrir Square. ‘We are not to get,’ he says.

A peaceful Egypt is not coming very much closer yet. This revolution is a tough process. It deserves a continous close look and commitment, the way May Abdalla filmed this three young people with their ideals in this documentary.  

gewijzigd op 8 februari 2012 om 9:00 uur


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