Friction. Resistance. Inertia. In the course of human history, there have been but few genuine tectonic shifts in the status quo. The reason is simple. People with power and privilege want to maintain that power and privilege and will fight like hell to do it. Thus, even after cracks in the status quo are exposed and widened, true revolutionary change is hard to cement. Children in the Garden of Democracy is a feature length documentary film that looks at the aftershocks of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of different Egyptians in an effort to understand why real change is so elusive. The film explores notions of Egyptian political and social identity and tries to understand how those notions impact the revolutionary movement in Egypt.
MirrorLake Films (hi, that's us in the video) have partnered with the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of Youth in Political Conflict to document the lives of these passionate young people as they fight to create a more free and more democratic Egypt. We have been with them in the immediate aftermath of the January 25 uprising, the July sit-ins, the first parliamentary elections and Mohammed Mahmoud Street clashes as well as the anniversary demonstrations in January 2012 and the Port Said massacre and ensuing violence.
Now, the country is grappling with the implications of drafting a new constitution and simultaneously planning the first post-Mubarak presidential elections. Without a finalized constitution, the powers of the eventual winning president are still in doubt. With threats to democracy (real or perceived) germinating from the religious right, foreign interests, or the continued militarization of Egyptian government, these upcoming elections (May 23-24 with possible run-offs in June) may be the most pivotal moment in the revolutionary process.
Your support to this Kickstarter project will ensure that we are there to cover the elections with each of our amazing cast members. We need your support so that we can pay our local producer in Cairo and additional camera/audio crew to ensure we are able to adequately cover this moment in history and tell their stories. We've purchased flights and booked an apartment near Tahrir Square for May, by putting everything on our credit cards, because we feel this film is IMPORTANT. Children In the Garden of Democracy puts a real face to the struggle of identity through these current events in Egypt. Your contributions go directly to production expenses and will help us capture what we expect to be a climax of the film: the presidential elections.
By trusting in our filmmaking efforts and supporting us through your pledges you will be participating in capturing history in the making!
Thank you for reading and watching and for contributing to this important project.
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