Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Extra Credit-Emilia Martin

1) "The Square" was a really informative and interesting documentary about the issues that have been going on in Cairo, Egypt regarding the revolution and revolts against the government and leadership there. The film did a great job of showing what it was like to be on the inside of the revolution to get a bird's eye view of what everyone was fighting for. I thought this documentary had a lot of strengths to it, one being that it focused mostly on one individual, Ahmed, and his fight against the government and all the people that he made connections with and fought with. It helped the audience really get in touch and see what was going on on the inside of this revolution. Another strength of this film was the actual filming quality of it. Because it wasn't an actual movie with professional videographers, and was filmed probably by a journalist or a reporter with a hand help camera really gives you a sense of the instability and chaos that was occurring in Egypt for the last 2 and a half years this uprising. The filming brings the audience into the chaos along with the others there because it is so raw and so real. One weakness I thought this documentary had was the use of the subtitles. Of course because the revolution was in Egypt, the language was not going to be english and subtitles were definitely needed, however, because the viewer constantly had to read the words on the screen it took their eyes away from what was going on behind them. I often times was distracted by looking at the pictures or the videos of what was happening and missed some of the subtitles and got lost in what was going on.

There were many important themes and ideas that was occurring during this documentary. One major theme that was really prominent was the fight for freedom from the 30 years of rule from Leader Mubarak and his emergency laws. They people of Egypt rebelled together in the Tahirir Square for 2.5 years to get away from that type of government and live a life of democracy and freedom. They couldn't be silenced. Another theme that was very evident was the unity the people had to fight together as one against the President. Although they feel apart when the Muslin Brotherhood took control, those rebelling against that group stayed together as one unit fighting for the same thing. One last theme in this film was the use of social media and how it played a huge roll in aiding the rebellion and revolutionists. Its purpose was to serve as a way to expose the leaders faults and what they were doing to those who were fighting like abusing them and destroying their tents in the square with the cameras that people collectively used.

2) In Egypt in 2011, protests started to overthrow the President Mubarak and his emergency laws and unjust government. People of all religions and cultures came together in unity to oust him and when he finally stepped down Egypt held its first presidential elections. One side was the for the Muslim Brotherhood and the other was for Mubarak to be elected again. The Brotherhood won under the rule of President Morsi but just after a year he was forced to step down because the revolution and rebelling continued in The Square because people were still unhappy with the new ruler. The Brotherhood stood for a government run primarily by religion--The Muslim religion which suppressed all others and discriminated those who didn't follow that faith. The rebellions continued after he stepped down as did the chaos of trying to find  new leader that was just and fair and wanted freedom and equality of all people. Those who once fought together, the Muslims and other Egyptians, to over thrown Mubarak are now separate because they do not see eye to eye on political justices or ways of government. Now in Egypt the former military general, Abdel Fattah has been elected President.

Social Media played a huge role in the uprising in Egypt because a lot of the time, the things that were going on in the square or with the military were not publicized on the news, not on CNN or NBC but were broadcasted through videos on youtube and other websites which was evident in the documentary "The Square". Social Media was how a lot of people communicated with each other throughout the revolution to let others know what was happening and that help was needed. Another example of power abuse and unrest in the world is in Syria. Syria, which is mostly populated by Arabs, some Kurds, and some Iraqis refugees, are protesting against ruling regimes in The Middle East. Syrian protestors are demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and his government. In response to this revolt, the president sent in his troops into the cities; many have been killed and/or injured during this combat. The media is getting involved with the issue little by little but sometimes seems to be very one-sided. Revolts and fighting is still occurring today.

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