From Camden back to Cairo
Dear Friends and Supporters,
It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch and we want to update you that we have been very busy working on the film and building a network of support.
We are happy to share that our short film, Four Women, One Revolution, which profiles Shimaa and three other women who participated in Egypt’s Revolution, was selected to participate in the Media that Matters Film Festival and was the winner of the Women & Girls Matter Award.
As you may remember, Shimaa was invited to speak with us at the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine in 2011, and spent five months in the US. Her visit was great – she participated in many successful talks and lectures around the country – from New York to New Jersey to California to Michigan.
Shimaa was also very active in the Occupy movement, both in New York and California where she spent several months. She was passionate about educating the American public about US military spending in Egypt and US funded tear gas used against pro-democracy protestors in Egypt.
She returned to Egypt last spring and has continued to be involved in Egypt’s democracy movement, and speaking internationally with students and in the media.
While there was a certain amount of hope around the elections, recent events have shown that the road to change in Egypt is long and uncertain. We are continuing to follow Shimaa’s experiences in Egypt, as well as document her perspective on the deep challenges that Egypt faces.
We are sharing a few photos of Shimaa at an Occupy event in New York.
We’ll also be reaching out to you through the Kickstarter survey very soon to update you on rewards and send out relevant items!
Most importantly, we’ll continue to work on the film through the summer and the fall and look forward to updating you on our progress and sharing Shimaa’s experiences with you.
Warmly, and with thanks,
Marie-Helene and Micah