Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

Words of Witness

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Words of Witness
Mai Iskander, 2012
Egypt/USA | 68 minutes

Filmmaker Mai Iskander in person at all three screenings!

Defying cultural norms and family expectations, 22-year-old Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Every time Heba 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!" 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. Heba’s words bear witness to the heady optimism of a country on a path to self-determination, the toppling of a dictator, the difficult transition toward democracy, the courageous challenge to the ruling military who cracks down on the opposition, and the celebration of a cultural shift in which a younger generation inspired a country to “lead themselves.” New York Premiere! 

Series: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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