Words of Witness
Date: 25 May 2013
Sub-genre: Documentary, War
Country: Egypt Language: Arabic, English
Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, "I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!" Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy while celebrating a cultural shift where a younger generation inspired a country to "lead themselves."
(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)
11 October 2012