Thursday, 26 March 2009

Cairo and Cairo again

FROM: Saeed Taji Farouky
Sorry, we disappeared for a while there. But that doesn't mean we haven't been busy (double negative...in other words, we've been busy)

Gareth and I just got back from Cairo where we filmed and researched (very quickly) a five and a half minute film for Al-Jazeera English's new programme Empire. The programme is an hour-long round table discussion on empires, power structures, imperialism, etc and this latest episode was about Arab unity (or the lack of).

We were asked to make a film about the Arab League and how it's faired in the past dealing with regional issues itself, without foreign help. What we found was that, not surprisingly, it hasn't done well. In fact, we would call it a failure.

This was a challenging film, we haven't made anything like it in the past. Very research heavy, relying on a lot of library footage, and most importantly VERY opinionated. It was definitely a relief to be able to say things like "The Arab solution was a failure" as an opinion, without having to write a 2000 word article on why it was a failure. So hopefully someone believes my opinion...

The show aired last night (March 25th) and should be online soon on Al-Jazeera's youtube page We'll let you know...

In the meantime, I'm back in Cairo around the 6th of April on my way to Gaza to implement a video and blog-based human rights monitoring project in Gaza (more about that later). I'm planning to make a few more films - hopefully with Gareth involved - while I'm there. Any idea? Let us know...

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