Egypt:Interviews from “Zero Silence” Documentary

A documentary film about young people in the Middle East who have grown angry over the authoritarian regimes they live in and who are using the Internet to bring about change in their societies where free speech is controlled or censored. They are part of a new generation that uses the Internet to get the free word out and to organize, mobilize, collaborate and fight injustice. Among other topics, the production will explore the impact of the Internet and non-traditional media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and whistle-blowing sites on the Arab world and beyond and to what extent these digital media tools can spur society change.

The Arab world is currently experiencing a wave of unprecedented popular uprisings and street demonstrations against corruption, lack of freedoms, and unemployment. Many of the demonstrators out in the streets are young people and several recent protests have been coordinated on social media sites. We think the Internet is playing an important role in the events that are currently unfolding in the region and that it is partly thanks to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, that street demonstrations have become widespread in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt to name a few countries.

However, while these digital media tools have helped trigger a domino effect of similar demonstrations throughout the Arab world we believe that it is the power of the young people that will bring about change. The characters in our film show that courage is contagious and that silence is not an option. This is not a film about social media networks but about the revolt of a young generation for whom silence is no longer an option.

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