Winter of Discontent | Chicago Reader

Winter of Discontent

This Egyptian drama follows three characters--an activist, a female news anchor, and a security official--through the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square that hastened the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Director Ibrahim El-Batout draws stark lines between the government and the citizenry, showing the media control and police oppression (including flashback sequences of the imprisoned activist enduring electocution torture) that made the choice for freedom difficult and risky. The storytelling is vivid, but given the ongoing unrest and power struggles in Egypt, the film feels a bit premature. In Arabic with subtitles.

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