Throughout the eighteen days of demonstrations in Tahrir Square, demonstrators and onlookers regularly documented the historic events using phone cameras, SLRs and professional video cameras. These mostly amateur videos capture the multifaceted spirit of the January 25th revolution, whether it’s the anger and determination, the inspiration or even the humour found in even the darkest times. Here’s our selection of our favourite footage. Disagree? Send us your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us.
Inspiring Video Footage:The Most Amazing Video on the Internet by Tamer Shaaban: Viewed over 1.8million times, this video combined footage of the first few days of the protests, capturing the desperation, anger, resilience and power of the situation.
The Battle of Kasr El Nil Bridge 28/1/2011 Revolution, courtesy of Al Masry Al Youm, has the clearest shot of Kasr El Nile Bridge, where thousands of demonstrators clashed with police for several hours on January 28th. This video documents an important segment in the historical events.
Very Brave Young Man: This video was shot from a balcony overlooking Kasr El Eini Street, where demonstrators were fleeing police forces, until one young man decided to stand in front of a police vehicle right in the face of the water cannon in resistance. Listen to the neighbours chant as he maintains his ground. This clip has been viewed over 116,000 times.
Wael Ghonim- El Ashera Masa’an: Google executive Wael Ghonim's interview on Dream2 just hours after his release from detainment was a landmark point in the weeks of demonstrations. Ghonim's candidness, pride and resilience seemed to have a profound effect on local audiences as well as the world media.
#25jan Revolution: shot 1 Feb 2011 @ Tahrir Square, Cairo Egypt, this video was shot by actor/producer Khaled Abol Naga, showing aerial shots of the massive demonstration on February 1, 2011 as well as the different faces and posters of the demonstration. Without commentary or interviews, Abol Naga manages to capture the multifaceted community of demonstrators as well as their peaceful but potent resolve and determination.
Long Live Egypt-11-02-2011: Directed by Karim Shaaban, this video is a montage of the moments following the President’s resignation speech in and around Tahrir Square. Young and old demonstrators from all social strata explain the purpose of the protest, the atmosphere of Tahrir and their desires for a better future. Our favourite part? The old man who says, ‘I am one of the youth of January 25th.’
This video on Masrawy.com captures Tahrir square the moment that the announcement was made. Cries break out, people rush towards the square, men cry, children dance. More importantly, the video captures doctors inside a field hospital in Tahrir, exhausted but euphoric after hearing the news.
Celebrations of Mubarak’s Resignation in Heliopolis by Hany Eskander captures jubilant crowds celebrating on the streets of Heliopolis on the night of February 11th, 2011 following the news of the President's resignation. Dalida's 'Helwa Ya Baladi' makes the perfect soundtrack to such a patriotic and triumphant moment.
Funny Video Clips:
Viewed over 104,000 times, this short clip in Tahrir Square shows an old man asking what the whole commotion is about, only to be told that a man and his wife are having a domestic fight. It's not quite clear if he's serious or joking, but the humour is so subtle, it's hard to tell.
About the Spies and Foreign Agendas: this video clip shows various demonstrators joking about the conspiracy theory that they were all trained foreign agents inspiring to destroy the country. This light-hearted clip has been viewed over 231,000 times.
This young man chants to a crowd on Talaat Harb Street following the president’s resignation. Viewed over 340,000, his chant follows the same melody as a shaabi chant, complete with percussion and the crowd chanting along the chorus. Watch him take requests from the audience and improvise on the spot.
Mr Nana, Tahrir’s Got Talent: this funny video shows an amateur comedian sketch of an Indian expert advising demonstrators on how to deal with the status quo. Watch the second part here; it's been viewed over 60,000 times.
Hosni Etganen: a short but funny video of demonstrators chanting in Tahrir, this clip has been viewed over 97,500 times and has even been downloaded as a ringtone mp3 by some viewers.
Viewed over 100,000 times, this clip shows demonstrators in Tahrir Square performing a zar, a traditional exorcism, in the hoping of ousting ‘the spirit.'
El Kedb Hasry Al Television Al Masry: this tongue-in-cheek and witty amateur video shows two men claiming that the crowds of people celebrating on Friday, February 12, 2011 are in fact celebrating a wedding, and that any claims of the President’s resignation are false.