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ONE WORLD 2012: Opening night and the screening of Back to the Square

Date: 14 May 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue: BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts (Salle M), 23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles

Film by Petr Lom / Canada, Norway / 2012 / 83 min (in competition)

  • The number of free tickets to this screening is limited. If registration is full, please purchase a ticket at the BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts, 23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles) or at the BOZAR website.


The joy, pride and sense of community experienced during the revolution in Egypt was replaced by the everyday fight for survival. How did the transformation impact the lives of citizens? Employing the documentary essay form, director Petr Lom considers the character and depth of the revolutionary changes. He interviews not only opponents and supporters of the revolution, but also the bystanders. A guide at the pyramids, a minibus driver who refused to transport the arrested to prison, the wife of a wrongly accused man, a young girl stigmatised in her village for taking part in the uprising, the brother of an imprisoned blogger – all gradually paint a complex and unhappy portrait of post-revolutionary Egypt. The revolution has not managed to overthrow a system of repression rooted in both state organs and interpersonal relationships. On the contrary, it has led to increased despotism on the part of police. However, this film clearly shows that people have decided to take advantage of the increased leeway the revolution has brought.

Opening remarks by Geoffrey Harris, the head of Human Rights Unit of the European Parlament, Šimon Pánek, the director of People in Need, and Willy Fautré, the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers. Guests of the discussion will include the director of the film, Peter Lom, and an activist Mohsen Kamal, the deputy director of Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-violence studies, Egypt.

Reception will then be held after the screening and the discussion.


Film trailer.

This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.