An excerpt of my film-in-progress “Voices from the Revolution” (working title) was screened at Mizna’s 7th Twin Cities Arab Film Fest on November 10, 2011 along with many other great Arab filmmakers at the beautiful historic Heights Theatre where, rumor has it, the crystal chandeliers reign from Egypt. Although initially hesitant to show a work still in progress, it was an opportunity to see what resonates with people.
I HAD A HECKLER.
I had a heckler, and perhaps in my tired state it didn’t phase me as much as it could have, or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that my heckler would have preferred to see a tourism video, either way he livened the discussion. Bless him for being so emotionally disturbed by my footage, as he felt this was not the time nor place to show “negative” visuals of the country he loves so much. Nor did he think I had an “authentic” voice as on several occasions he and his friends questioned my identity (which is ironic given the topic that dominated a panel discussion I was part of just hours before).
“I AM ALSO FROM EGYPT, AND ALSO HATED MUBARAK, AND ALSO LOVE THE REVOLUTION.”
We are from Egypt, he said, and we hate Mubarak, and we love the Revolution! Where? Where do you come from? Where are these buildings? We have skyscrapers in Egypt!
His sentiment was clear, he felt I was somehow hijacking the revolution. He disliked my film and, I never thought I would say this but, I am so glad he did! While perhaps he misunderstood my intentions, he had a very strong reaction to the footage. And at the end of the day, any artist would wish for that.
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