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Art War

  • Germany
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Art is a weapon! This motto still holds true in Cairo. After 30 years of autocracy, President Mubarak was swept away by his people. Now the street belongs to them, the young rebels and artists. Graffiti sprayers and painters make the walls speak. They recount the days of fighting in blood-smeared portraits, the time of anarchy in wild collages, the attempts of liberation from a suppressed sexuality in obscene pictures. Walls become a chronicle of the rush of events; electro pop and rap supply a thrilling soundtrack. Euphoria is followed by overpainting and destruction. Snipers are at work, aiming at the protesters’ eyes. The revolution is no more romantic than this underground art, whose aim is to provoke and take risks, is accommodating.

In one episode, director Marco Wilms draws a line back to the historic murals of the age of the Pharaohs. In a country with a high illiteracy rate, such traditions become a tried and tested medium of revolt. In a wild tour de force through the past two years of permanent and radical upheavals, “Art War” shows the dangerous dance on the volcano as a trip driven forward by the colours and rhythms of the Egyptian painters and musicians. Cornelia Klauß


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  • Original title
    Art War
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marco Wilms
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Marco Wilms, Abdelrhman Zin Eldin, Emanuele Ira, Bashir Mohamed Wagih, Ali Khaled
  • Editing
    Stephan Talneau
  • Music
    Ramy Essam, Bosaina and Wetrobots, Tonbüro Berlin, REVOLUTION RECORDS
  • Duration
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig 2013
    • FIPA Biarritz
    • FIFDH Int. Film Festival on Human Rights, Geneva
    • planet+ doc film festival Warsaw
  • Awards
    • DOK Leipzig (Honorary Mention)
    • PRIX Telerama FIPA Biarritz
    • PRIX Gilda Vieira de Mello, FIFDH Int. Film Festival on Human Rights, Geneva
    • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD honorable mention, planet+ doc film festival Warsaw


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