Why Riot?, video by Mosireen Video Collect, 2013. “The revolution is not a thing of the past, the revolution is still in process.” Philip Rizk stated as we began our discussion of his text “2011 is not 1968”, whereby he challenges the dominant narratives of the January 25th Revolution as a youth lead revolution. He argues that the radicalizing factor of the uprising was an underclass without leaders.
Sit El Banat, stencil tribute to the women who were beaten, dragged and stamped on by military forces in December 2011. Copyright Suzee in the City. 28 March 2013, africaisacountry.com Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these figures are painted, on a busy street in downtown Cairo, when a man walks up to her and asks her what the picture means.
Daily News, 13 September 2013 Fady Ashraf Freedoms and Rights committee head in the Constituent Assembly, Hoda Elsadda, affirms that criminalisation of discrimination is a must You are known for your academic work concerning women, and your founding of (Women and Memory forum), what is the difference between academic work, since there is a belief that academic work does not change on-ground reality, and your work in the constituent assembly?
Cairo West, 6 March 2013 By Brian Wright Dr. Hoda El Sadda is a long-standing champion for women’s rights in Egypt and the Arab World, and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University. With degrees from both Cairo University and the American University, she taught Comparative Arabic Literature at Manchester University from 2005 to 2011. In the past, she has fought for changes in the country’s marriage laws and is currently the President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies and an active member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
Open Democracy HODA ELSADDA 2 November 2011 The deliberate attempt to discredit women's rights by associating them with the ex- first lady Suzanne Mubarak is a key challenge for women's rights activists in Egypt, so too is the battle not to surrender to the prophets of doom and gloom, Hoda Elsadda tells Deniz Kandiyoti DK: As a women’s rights activist who was in Cairo during the momentous events of January 25th and has followed developments closely since, what do you see as the major gains of what you characterise as a “revolution”?
6 June 2013, sicherheitspolitik-blog Sherief Gaber is a researcher in issues related to the right to the city and socially just cities and a member of the Mosireen Independent Media Collective in Cairo. Mosireen documented the protests during the ‚Egyptian revolution‘. At a conference in Berlin you said the internet’s influence on the protests and revolution in Egypt was overrated. How would you describe its impact and why do you think others exaggerate it?
Muftah , September 23rd, 2013 In Muftah’s on-going podcast series, we speak with Deena Mohamed, the creator of Qahera, a hijabi super-heroine who combats Islamophobia and misogyny. Since publishing the first iteration of Qahera in June of 2013, Deena has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the comic strip, which is published in both English and Arabic. A look at some of the Qahera comic strips created so far makes clear that this hijabi superheroine is challenging perceptions about Islam, women, and the hijab, and breaking down cultural, social, and gender-based assumptions inside and outside the Middle East.
July 29, 2014 Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary Deena Mohamed, a nineteen-year-old Egyptian graphic design student, does more than draw or doodle: She is creating a legend. Based partially on her own and her friends’ experiences within Egyptian culture, Mohamed chose to combat sexism and harassment with her hijab-clad superheroine Qahera, whose online webcomic inches closer daily to nearly one-million viewers.
By julietomlin March 30, 2011, Frontline Club British-Egyptian actor and producer Khalid Abdalla flew from London to Egypt soon after it became clear that the protests of 25 January were gathering momentum and was there for the Friday ‘Day of anger’ on 28 January. The Kite Runner star, whose other credits include Green Zone and In the Last Days of the City, was memorably interviewed from Tahrir Square by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow while his father Hossam Abdalla was in the studio.
February 26, 2014, Vice by Jared Malsin Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla is one of the chief protagonists in the documentary The Square, which was nominated earlier this month for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His new film, In the Last Days of the City, is going to be even better. Last Days tells a story that roughly echoes Khalid's own life: It's the tale of a documentarian who is trying to make a film about his city, Cairo, and according to Khalid, "