Director Frederik Stanton blends his material with what the protestors filmed effortlessly.
What began as a peaceful protest ended in a brutal suppression by the police – after only 18 days more than 800 people were dead and 6.000 injured.
The turning point was the decision by the military to protect the protesters, which ultimately led to the resignation of Mubarak.
Egypt has since faced difficulties establishing a stable government and meeting the protestor’s requests. Mubarak was succeeded by Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who then again was forced to resign by the military coup that was led by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Al-Sisi, in military-fashion reimposed authoritarian security structures. To make matters worse, he doesn’t flinch away from persecuting intellectuals, artists, human rights activists and basically everyone who openly criticizes him. People who question his authoritarian rule on Facebook are arrested, with no prospect of a fair trial, since the system of checks and balances has failed in Egypt.
This oppression has left many people tired and powerless and the trauma that has spread over the people overshadows the resistance and strength that surprised the rest of the world in 2011. When asked to describe how Egyptians feel 10 years after the revolution one journalist responded that today no one is safe in Egypt and security is pure chance.
Exhausted from the revolution, the people are so hopeless that they are suppressing the arising of hope.
When Stanton saw in the news what was happening in Egypt in 2011 he started randomly calling and emailing protestors who had posted their contacts on Facebook to help with the organization of the revolution. The people he spoke to gave him the contacts to other people he could contact and that is how he gathered the diverse group of people you can see in his documentary.
“When you don‘t exist” is a short film by Amnesty International and it was created in 2012 for their campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders.
The film shows what it feels like to be a migrant or refugee coming from a war zone in the middle east or a poverty-stricken country in Africa.
Negative attitudes to asylum-seekers and migrants are widespread.
European countries are stepping up measures to control migration. This can cause serious human rights violations. People on the move have their rights violated, often out of the public eye.
MIRZANA BEXHETI, MELISSA MUSSA AND LUCILA PIEDRA HARRIS
Mirzana, Melissa and Lucila are German and Spanish volunteers in Praxis organisation and are involved in the Human Rights campaign.