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18 Days in Egypt

Jigar Mehta and Yasmin Elayat
2011 | 60 mins | Egypt, USA
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18 Days in Egypt is an interactive documentary project that tells the story of the revolution, using the personal media created by Egyptians in the crucible of the revolution. Expanding the notion of what a documentary can achieve and how it can be made, the project was created to empower Egyptians to tell this story themselves, with footage, photos, e-mails, texts, even Tweets and Facebook status updates, all created during the ongoing revolution.  Thousands of media fragments on cell phones, cameras, and hard drives around Egypt remain. If they aren’t collected soon, they will vaporize and these unique stories will disappear. The 18 Days in Egypt team, based in Cairo and Silicon Valley, is engaged in an all-out effort to retrieve the stories and fragments, which are then catalogued and combined into specific narratives and form the heart of an interactive website where they can be viewed and shared.

Mead audiences will have multiple opportunities to experience 18 Days in Egypt in both its original form and in a guided viewing experience with the project team.

Co-presented by Tribeca Film Festival

18 Days in Egypt is a 2012 Mead Dialogue

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