×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Uprising

Amid the flood of documentaries about the Arab Spring in general and the Egyptian Revolution in particular, "Uprising" takes a clear, cohesive approach to the spontaneous events at its center.

With:
With: Hani Shukrallah, Asmaa Mahfouz, Ahmed Maher, Gigi Ibrahim, Amr Waked, Heba Morayef, Frank Wisner, Abdallah Helmy.

Amid the flood of documentaries about the Arab Spring in general and the Egyptian Revolution in particular, “Uprising” takes a clear, cohesive approach to the spontaneous events at its center. Lacking the dynamic immediacy of “Tahrir: Liberation Square” or the scope of the multipart “Tahrir 2011,” Fredrik Stanton’s film — with its eyewitness testimony, well-edited cell-phone footage, euphoric young leaders, cautious elder statesmen, and awestruck journalists and foreign onlookers — often feels more like extended television reportage than feature documentary engagement. Still, the pic should receive a warm welcome in educational and smallscreen venues following its Jan. 11 limited release.

Stanton eschews in-depth analysis and historical overview for breathless reiteration of astonished admiration from participants and observers alike, extolling the nonviolent mutation of street protest into all-out revolution; the solidarity among people of different ages, classes and religions; and the bravery of those willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom. And although the interviewees are aware of the absurdity of the fact that a Facebook-launched revolution should be countered with camel-riding, sword-wielding defenders of the status quo, the docu’s relatively uninflected tone rarely participates in either the excitement or irony it chronicles.

Popular on Variety

Uprising

Production: A Rebellion Films production. Produced by Alexander Davidis, Samer Ezeldin, Fredrik Stanton. Executive producers, Fredrik Stanton, Alexander Davidis, Don Glascoff. Directed, written by Fredrik Stanton.

Crew: Camera (color, HD, DV), Samer Ezeldin; editor, William James Hamilton; music, Robert Babicz, Beatsuite, Khaled Dajani, Transterra Media. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Jan. 4, 2013. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Hani Shukrallah, Asmaa Mahfouz, Ahmed Maher, Gigi Ibrahim, Amr Waked, Heba Morayef, Frank Wisner, Abdallah Helmy.

More Film

  • Benedict Andrews (L) and US actress

    Kristen Stewart on the 'Insane Gall' of Directors as 'Seberg' Arrives in San Sebastian

    SAN SEBASTIAN – On Friday, Kristen Stewart and Benedict Andrews’ political thriller “Seberg” plays at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival, where it opens Perlak, a section dedicated to the Spanish premieres of major international films. The star and her director addressed the media prior to the screening in the festival’s first high-profile press conference, [...]

  • Les Miserables

    Ladj Ly's Cannes Prize-Winner 'Les Miserables' Is France's Oscar Submission

    Ladj Ly’s politically charged drama “Les Miserables,” which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, has been chosen by France’s Oscar committee to enter the international feature film race. In one of the most competitive years for French movies, “Les Miserables” beat out Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the 18th-century-set romance which won [...]

  • David Kehrl neuer Head of Acquisitions

    'Resident Evil's' Constantin Names Acquisitions, International Co-Production Chief

    David Kehrl is to join Constantin Film, Germany’s leading independent movie producer and distributor, as the head of acquisitions and international co-production. He will report to Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the executive board at Constantin Film, which produces the “Resident Evil” movies. Starting in February, Kehrl will be responsible for the acquisition of international theatrical [...]

  • The Plague Season 2 Spanish TV

    Telefonica, Atresmedia to Create Content Factory Behemoth

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — In a game-changing move for Spanish-language production Telefonica, Europe’s third biggest telco, and Atresmedia, the original co-creators of “La Casa de Papel,” are uniting to create a new joint contents production giant. Aimed at gaining more scale and uniting talent relations – writers, directors and producers – the 50/50 joint venture will [...]

  • KKR-Backed German Media Conglomerate Finally Has

    KKR-Backed German Media Conglomerate Finally Has a Name: Leonine

    The KKR-backed German media company formed through the merger of Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV, and Wiedemann & Berg Film finally has a name: Leonine. The company revealed its moniker Friday, saying that “Leonine” met its criteria of being associated with its home region of Bavaria and Munich, in southern Germany, and of [...]

  • Scattered Night

    San Sebastian New Directors Jihyoung Lee and Kim Sol Talk ‘Scattered Night’

    After taking the Korean Competition Grand Prize and the best acting award (Moon Seung-a) at the Jeonju Intl. Film Festival, “Scattered Night” now heads to San Sebastian’s New Directors selection. An intimate portrayal of a family whose members are deeply isolated from one another, the film follows two parents overwhelmed by their responsibilities, their own [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content