An Egyptian documentary film, Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician, has won the CICT-UNESCO “Enrico Fulchignoni” Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The award is given annually to the film that best embodies values of peace and tolerance. Al-Falah Al-Faseeh (The Fluent Farmer) directed by Shady Abd Al-Salam was the last Egyptian film to win the award back in 1970.
The film premiered at the festival last Friday as an out-of-competition selection. It also participated in 36th Toronto Film Festival in Canada.
Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad and The Politician portrays the 18 days of Egypt’s revolution from three different perspectives: Tamer Ezzat captures ‘the Good’ of the revolution through the eyes of normal citizens who took part in it. ‘The Bad,’ directed by Ayten Amin, discusses how the police and Ministry of Interior tried to suppress the revolution before the police withdrew from the streets on the night of the 28 January. ‘The Politician,’ directed by Amr Salama, examines how Mubarak tried to end the protests, through interviews with politicians and men said to be close to the former president.