January 2011 in Egypt was marked by anti-government demonstrations. While tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Cairo, poor villagers in the country’s south followed the tense situation on Tahrir Square on their TV screens and in the daily newspapers. It is from their perspective that this documentary captures the political changes in Egypt, from the toppling of President Mubarak to the election and fall of Mohamed Morsi. The film reveals the villagers’ hopes and disappointments, and shows that despite the wild events, very little has actually changed in their lives.
Born in 1980 in Beirut, Anna Roussillon grew up in Cairo, then moved to Paris. She studied philosophy, linguistics, language, literature and Arab civilization and documentary filmmaking in Lussas, France. An Arabic graduate, she teaches in Lyon, translates literary texts, and participates in radio programs, while working on various film projects in relation with Egypt. I am the people is her first feature documentary.
Je suis le peuple (2014)