In January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, the largely peaceful protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and live bullets in the hope of facing down security forces and overthrowing the government. Over eight hundred lost their lives, and several thousand were arrested and tortured by security forces. UPRISING tells the story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key organizers, their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation. (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Uprising
The film goes only to Mubarak's abrupt exit, and confines the ongoing struggle over democracy in Egypt to a final title card. Still, it is a stirring piece of work.
Ultimately, more than 800 demonstrators died amid countless displays of bravery and commitment. "Uprising" is a vital and valuable tribute to these courageous men and women - and to love of country.
"Uprising" is a concise commemoration of a new society's birth pains.
This important, moving event was, as we know, documented in real time, but in "Uprising" gets put into a crucial context.
The docu's relatively uninflected tone rarely participates in either the excitement or irony it chronicles.
Dry presentation can't undermine the inspirational effect of tales from the Tahrir Square frontlines.
The authoritative behind-the-scenes snapshot of a watershed event in human history -- the first digital age people's revolution.
Uprising could serve as an easy-to-follow guide for American citizens on how to successfully form and implement a revolution to overthrow their government if and when it turns into a dictatorship.
The story is uplifting but overshadowed by more recent events in Egypt.
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