I Am the People

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    I Am the People

    Je suis le peuple

    Directed by

    France

    2014

    111 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary

    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 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.

    Awards

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    • Best International Doc, Best Debut - Jihlava IDFF
    • Grand Prix Janine Bazin Best Feature Film, Audience Feature Film Award - Belfort IFF
    • Ambar Prize Best Documentary - Festival International de Cine San Cristobal de las Casas
    • Firebird Award (Documentary Competition) - Hong Kong IFF
    • Best Feature Documentary - Doxa DFF
    • Audience Award - Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF
    • Grand Prize - FIDADOC
    • Best documentary - Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
    • Best Political Documentary - AegeanDocs FF
    • Best International Documentary - Astra FF
    • Time of History Second Prize - Seminci
    • Best Editing (International Feature) - RIDM
    • Best Editing in an International Feature - RIDM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Anna Roussillon
    Editing
    Saskia Berthod
    Chantal Pique
    Production
    HAUTLESMAINS PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    NARRATIO FILMS

    Press

    ...Unconventional yet refreshing.

    Guimel Sibingo, Variety

    I Am The People is a profound act of cinematic humanism. Few films have so deftly placed world-altering political upheavals in the context of real people’s lives the way Roussillon’s first feature does.

    Robert Green, Curator

    I Am The People may be seen years from now as a more in-depth, engaging and revealing document of how the masses could, and would, fluctuate between apathy and awakening amid political tumult.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    It offers an innovative introduction to the turbulent times of the Arab Spring. The hardships of peasants’ lives and work, as well as the wisdom and tenderness of the film’s heroes, help us to understand what the unbreakable ordinary people have to be like in order to get through dangerous and uncertain times.

    Jihlava IDFF Jury, Cineuropa

    I Am The People provides an unconventional yet refreshing depiction through the absence of talking heads, commentators, and scheduled formal interviews, providing us instead with a beautiful and invaluable glimpse into the Egyptian people.

    Guimel Sibingo, Vox Magazine

    I’ve rarely seen such direct and constant interchanges between subject and documentarian as in Anna Roussillon’s I Am The People.

    Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine

    Je Suis Le Peuple ...s’imposant comme un exceptionnel tableau à taille humaine des deux ans et demi d’instabilités politiques qui ont récemment émaillé l’Egypte.

    Quentin Descamps, Liberation

    Un magnifique film politique et citoyen.

    Laurent Delmas, France Inter

    Anna Roussillon

    Anna Roussillon

    Lebanon

    Born in 1980 in Beyrouth, 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). Graduated from Arabic, she teaches in Lyon, translates literary texts, participates in radio programs, while working on various film projects in relation with Egypt. I AM THE PEOPLE is her first feature documentary.