Former presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei flew to Berlin this morning where he is to join the jury of the "Cinema for Peace 2012" festival.
ElBaradei is also invited to attend a charity event held by American actress/activist Angelina Jolie. Among the Egyptian films participating in this year's festival are:
- Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician
Ayten Amin and Tamer Ezzat attempt to move beyond reporting to look at how historians will remember the opening of the ongoing Egyptian revolution
- 1/2 Revolution
Omar Shargawi and Karim El-Hakim captured the revolution as it happened and used their shocking footage to produce a thrilling documentary
- The Agenda and Me
Neveen Shalaby provides another look at the events that made up the revolution, this time in the context of the question so often asked by opponents of the revolution in the media: what was the agenda of the protesters?
At this year's festival opening, Cinema for Peace supporters and founders paid tribute to the Egyptian revolution, screening some footage of the Battle of the Camel that took place 2 February 2011 in Tahrir Square.
In a statement, Cinema for Peace said: "Tragedy has struck Egypt as hundreds were injured and over 70 killed in an inexplicable outbreak of violence at a football match ... on 2 February 2012. Reports of sword-wielding hired thugs and military/security complicity are bountiful. The story is eerily familiar ... Last year, on 2 February, a group of Mubarak supporters, allegedly paid by the regime, attacked peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square on horse and camel-back, armed with knives, clubs, and whips. The protestors bravely resisted and held their ground, marking a turning point for the public’s support of the revolution, as it showed the depraved depths to which the Mubarak government was willing to go to hold on to power."