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"If" is the coming-of-age story of four young Egyptian women who find their voices and change the face of the Arab world.
168 backers pledged $17,852 to help bring this project to life.

News from Cairo and Advisory Board

Posted by Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton (Creator)

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you all so much for your generous contributions and support.

If you could all post our link to your Facebook pages, Twitter and email to friends, you will help us spread the word.

Events are moving quickly in Egypt.  In the last two weeks, protesters have reoccupied Tahrir Square demanding changes to the military leadership, and civilian rights that have yet to be granted.  Many protesters are being arrested and subjected to closed military tribunals, and some given long jail terms.  The harassment of foreign journalists is also continuing, including the arrest last week of four reporters in Suez. 

We recently spoke on the phone with Shima'a, one of the subjects of our film who is actively participating in the ongoing protests. 

Below is a minute and a half audio file of the conversation that gives you a sense of how things are dynamically changing in Egypt today and how important it is to be covering the events.  We've included a picture of Shima'a below taken after Mubarak fell in February 2011. 

We have also put together a terrific advisory board who are enthusiastic about our film, and will be consulting on the broader issues of politics and gender in the Egyptian Revolution. 

Here are some of their thoughts on the film: 

"There is no question that Egypt's beautiful revolution is historic; a turning point for Egypt and, in my view, even for the World. And as the coming weeks and months unfold, they will undoubtedly bring expected challenges and opportunities- just as the past ones brought hopes and aspirations. History teaches this- and it will all be very interesting to watch. I am grateful that "If" will be part of that history, and look forward to it." 
Dr. A. Sameh El Kharbawy 
Professor College of Arts and Humanities California State University 

"I think many have already lost sight of the pioneering role of Egyptian women in crafting the revolution." 
Tarek Masoud 
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 

"Your project is very exciting." 
Margot Badran 

IF Advisory Board 

Ebony Coletu 
Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo 

Margot Badran 
Senior Scholar, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 

Tarek Masoud 
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 

Laura Bier 
Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Nezar AlSayyad 
Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley 

Thanks again for your ongoing support.  Without it, documentary films would not get made! 



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