Egyptians are gearing up for new parliamentary elections on November 28, 2011 (See the Guardian article by my friend, Jack Shenker). November 28, 2010 was the last parliamentary election under Mubarak - only 2 months before the people overthrew him.
It seems like just yesterday when I was there filming the events leading up those elections, which resulted in strong public outrage with widespread claims of government rigging and fraud (Mubarak's ruling party 'won' 97% of the seats).
As the world witnessed only months later, Egyptians decided they had had enough.
My forthcoming film, "We are Egypt" is a reminder of the immense struggle that led to these moments in history. It is a reminder of the challenges still facing Egyptian people today as they strive to build a new government.
Harvard Professor Tarek Masoud called the film, "One of the best chronicles of the Egyptian revolution". Yusufi Vali, of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization said he thinks that "We are Egypt" will be "One of those films that people will study as a way to understand the Egyptian Revolution."
Folks, I need your help, great or small, to help wrap up the production of this film in order to have it ready for release just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Revolution starting in January 2012.
There are 398 "Likes" on FB for this project. If each of those "Likes" was followed by even ONE DOLLAR on the Kickstarter page, imagine how much further along we would be in reaching this goal. If we don't make the goal by December 11, the project receives NO pledges (all pledgers are fully reimbursed). Right now we have nearly $6,000 of $30,000 requested.
Thanks to each of you who have already pledged, and to those still planning or considering to pledge, I want to encourage you that every bit helps and that I super appreciate any and all support possible!
Thanks and best wishes to all!
Photo: Independent Parliamentary Candidate Gamila Ismail responding to my question at a press conference after a strong defeat by Mubarak's ruling NDP (National Democratic Party) in the November 2010 Parliamentary Elections. Photo by Rick Rowden