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.
- 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
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015
- True/False Film Fest 2015
- Montreal International Documentary Festival - RIDM 2015
- Visions du Réel 2015
- Viennale 2015
- Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014
- ACID 2015
- Belfort International Film Festival EntreVues 2014
- Anna Roussillon
- Saskia Berthod
- Chantal Pique
- HAUTLESMAINS PRODUCTIONS
- NARRATIO FILMS
...Unconventional yet refreshing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve rarely seen such direct and constant interchanges between subject and documentarian as in Anna Roussillon’s I Am The People.
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.
Un magnifique film politique et citoyen.
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.