Programmed by Pierre Oscar Lévy
Exclusively constructed from footage filmed by Arab Spring protesters, The Uprising relates an imaginary revolution made up of, inspired by, and paying tribute to real revolutions.
What would a film be if it weren’t a film? Seen from this angle, “The Uprising” would probably be a history book written by those who actually experienced it. The editing of this page in history extracts the essential facts, condensing these Arab revolts as though they were a single revolution – not to alter reality but instead to reveal the very essence of these springs. The false 7-day chronology encapsulates its historical “concentrate” depicting each stage from the first revolt to the later disillusionment via the collective joy of seeing tyrants fall. Here, history in its broadest sense blends into the history of the “little people” – it is they, not generals and politicians, who make history, as we see in the footage… their courage against the police, the liberation of prisons, or the collective bathing in the pool of a former palace are its mythology.
Film critic and director