“Film!”—The Arab Revolutions and the filmmaker as amanuensis

Peter Snowdon*

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In her recent memoir of the Egyptian revolution Ahdaf Soueif records how one day a woman came up to her on Tahrir Square and started instructing her on how to write down the “national epic” unfolding around them. Taking Soueif’s text as an allegory of the relationship between the individual and the people, I explore how an analogous process is enacted in one particular video shot in Cairo on January 25, 2011. Taken together, these two “texts” suggest the emergence of a distinctively revolutionary aesthetic, which is also a politics of obedience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalVisual Anthropology
Issue number3
Early online date14 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


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