In line with last Friday’s rally, "Honouring Martyrs of Mohamed Mahmoud Street", Mosireen released footage under the title El Magd Lil Shohada (Victory to the Martyrs) from the day of the Egyptian uprising on 25 January to 19 November when brutal clashes erupted in downtown Cairo between protesters and the police.
For the past 10 months since the January uprising, protestors in Tahrir Square — in addition to other large demonstrations across the governorates of Egypt — have been accused of causing instability, violence, and non-development in the country as a whole. Egyptian state media and the government have deemed them hooligans, calling on "honourable citizens" — a term recently developed by the state media to describe those who stand by the government and Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) — to knock some sense into the Tahrir protestors.
In reaction, activists, musicians, artists and some opposition political parties called for a mass rally on Friday 2 December to honour martyrs of all ‘Liberation Squares” of the Nile to join Tahrir Square. At this time, Mosireen, an organisation recently founded by a number of filmmakers, political activists, journalists, lawyers, and artists released a montage in honour of the martyrs.
Internationally acclaimed Egyptian actor Khalid Abdallah, one of the founders of Mosireen, told Ahram Online, “Victory to the Martyrs dignifies all those killed for the liberty of Egypt since the uprising of Egypt in January up until today.”
“We seek to create awareness among Egyptians and clear the image of protestors that have been called 'violent' and 'hooligans' seeking to break the stability of the country,” he added.
Accredited for the 10-minute film are over 500 activists, filmmakers, and journalists who contributed footage that captures the brutal attacks by state police on 28 January, the infamous Battle of the Camel, brutal clearances of Tahrir by state police and army forces on 9 April, the Abbasseya and Maspero clashes in September and October, and ending with the Mohamed Mahmoud attacks last month.
The film takes viewers on the ground in the long battle Egyptians have fought with authorities, including over the past 10 months. Unseen footage is provided from the morgue following the clashes in Mohamed Mahmoud, proving that live ammunition was used on civilians and peaceful protestors. Parents and family members of martyrs pleaded with reporters to videotape their lost sons, daughters and loved ones.
Dreadful and heart-breaking scenes capture one mother calling on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to come and see her dead son, Ahmed El-Sayed, who was shot in the head by the regime. “Ta'ala ya Hussein ya Tantawi shoof weladna el mato," she says. "Egyptian state TV denies the use of live ammunition, Tantawi come see for yourself and stop the lies,” she cries.
“There is a battle line across the country, whether we as Egyptians should seek the political path or continue on the revolution path until the purpose of all these demonstrations is fulfilled,” Abdallah states. “With all the suppression that has been going on in Egypt, the revolution path is essential,” he argues.
“The regime cannot enforce stability in the country no matter how hard or how long it takes,” he believes. “Over the past six months, the Egyptians have gradually built a strong front against this regime and disappointment in SCAF is increasing.” “We still have a long way to go but I believe that we’ll win at the end,” he optimistically comments.
Since its establishment in March, Mosireen has been dedicated to supporting the Egyptian revolution through a number of awareness campaigns through Tahrir Cinema, that played during the protests and sit-ins during the summer in Tahrir Square. On other occasions, its premises in downtown Cairo has been open for public discussion, seminars and press conferences for some political parties.
The founding filmmakers provide equipment to rent free of charge. Furthermore, Mosireen members founded an archive on its website, taken from its work on the streets of Egypt. All members emphasise that “Mosireen is a collective work dedicated to the public,” one of the members says. “We are not to be credited for anything … we want to create awareness on what’s happening in Egypt and we do not seek personal profits nor benefits,” says another.
El Magd Lil Shohada (Victory to the Martyrs) is available on YouTube, Mosireen's website and page on Facebook and Twitter, and all members of Mosireen call on the entire Egyptian nation to spread the film, in order to honour the martyrs of the Egyptian revolution and help restore rights for all Egyptians.
Warning: The film contains footage that some might find disturbing