DER Documentary

I Am the People (Je Suis Le Peuple)

by Anna Roussillon
color, 111 min, 2014
in Arabic
with English subtitles



As the Egyptian people rise up in Tahrir Square, a rural community in the Nile valley follows the revolution on TV, radio and in the newspapers. Intimately shot over the three year period from the overthrow of Mubarak to the fall of Morsi, we are shown an alternate view of the revolution through the eyes of Farraj, his family, and friends as they make sense of and debate national politics.

Through the experiences and voices of a community in the periphery, I Am the People presents a complex picture of the struggle for democracy in Egypt.

“Rarely seen a sweeter exchange between filmmaker and subject” Filmmaker Magazine
“A beautiful and invaluable glimpse into the Egyptian people” VOX Magazine
“In this first feature, Anna Roussillon, a French citizen raised in Egypt, offers an important counterpoint to the spectacular images captured in Tahrir Square. In January 2011, when ten of thousands of demonstrators took to Cairo's streets, the director started filming her friend Farraj and his family, peasants in the Luxor Valley. For two years, their television screens allowed them to follow the country's political upheavals, as it experienced an alternately enthusiastic and painful experiment with democracy. With wit, empathy and a powerful rapport with her subjects, the director makes us feel their hopes and disappointments. A superb lesson in humanity.” — Charlotte Selb, RIDM

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media, Camden International Film Festival, USA, 2015
Emerging Cinematic Vision Award, Camden International Film Festival, USA, 2015
Grand Prize Nezha Drissi, Fidadoc Agadir, Morocco, 2015
Best Film, Arkipel Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia, 2015
Best Documentary & Best Filmmaker, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia, 2015
Best Documentary, Hong-Kong International Film Festival, 2015
Best Documentary, Astra International Film Festival, Romania, 2015
Best Documentary, Antofadocs International Documentary Film Festival, Chile, 2015
Best Documentary, Duhok International Film Festival, Kurdistan Iraq, 2015
Best Documentary, Dokumentarfilmwoche, Germany, 2015
Best Documentary, Inconvenient Films, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival, Lituania, 2015
Best Documentary, Festival International du Film documentaire, Sénégal, 2015
Best Documentary, Festival du Film Arabe Fameck, France, 2015
Best Feature Documentary, Doxa Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 2015
Best World Documentary, Festival Internacional de Cine de San Cristobal, Mexico, 2015
Best Editing, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal (RIDM), Canada, 2015
Best Creation, Traces de Vies Film Festival, France, 2015
Best Political Film, Aegean International Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2015
Audience Award, Olhar de Cinema Curitiba, Brazil, 2015
Audience Award, Les Escales documentaires, France, 2015
Special Jury Mention, Festival Cinealma, France, 2015
Runner-up Prize, Aichi Women International Film Festival, Japan, 2015
Runner-up Prize, Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, 2015
Runner-up Prize, Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary,Turkey, 2015
Best World Documentary & Best Debut Film, Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic, 2014
Grand Prize Janine Bazin Feature Film Award & Audience Award, Belfort Entrevues, France, 2014
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