Back to the Square

Petr Lom

A year after the euphoria on Tahrir Square, the Egyptian demonstrators’ goals have not even come close to being reached. The country is ruled with an iron fist and there is still no democracy. The ‘eye of the world’ has moved elsewhere. How things have been in Egypt since 25 January 2011 is explained using five portraits of people from various walks of life.

What have the sacrifices on Tahrir Square at the start of 2011 yielded? Unfortunately, not a great deal; this much is apparent from the stories of five Egyptians involved, about six months after the historic revolution. A young horse herdsman tells how he drove to the square to ask for the pyramids to be opened again; he only just managed to survive that day. A taxi driver talks about his six years in prison, the torture, and how the police now behave worse than ever. A young woman talks about intimidation and unjust arrests, which according to human rights lawyers are happening continuously. The young Salwa describes how she met her first love during the demonstrations. And then the brother of Maikel Nabil, the blogger who was imprisoned because of his internet comments and went on hunger strike. Maikel’s brother is captured on Tahrir Square during the protests that still continue against the ongoing violations of human rights.


Petr Lom
Canada, Norway
83 minutes
development, sustainable development, aid, freedom of speech, association etc., journalism, media & propaganda, labour issues & trade unions, political killings & disappearances, politics & democracy, poverty, prison & detention, repair & reconciliation