Prayer of Fear
After Rabaa nobody knew what to do. The brutality of the attack was astonishing, but it was the reaction of some parts of the public that was truly paralyzing. The worst massacre in modern history had been committed in broad daylight, in Cairo, live on television and there were people celebrating.
As a collective of filmmakers we had no response. We were not there, we had not risked our lives to film it. We had fallen out of the equation of power in the stand-off between the Army and the Brotherhood. We were powerless and yet we felt complicit. We were racked by confusion, guilt and impotence. We sat stunned in our office day after day, smoking, silenced.
Then Mahmoud Ezzat published his poem, Prayer of Fear. Within days we had this video. It was the last great collaborative video of the group and it remains one of our most important, most sincere works. We are still living in the shadow of that moment.
A Daily Tribute to the Martyrs (part of the series Martyrs of the Revolution)
The Martyrs: Sameh Ezz (part of the series Martyrs of the Revolution)
Mosireen is a volunteer media activist collective that came together to document and transmit images of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.Between 2011 and 2014 we produced and published over 250 videos online, with a focus on street politics, state violence and labour rights. They have been watched over six million times on YouTube; re-broadcast and re-mixed countless more. As well as video production, we organised street screenings, educational workshops, production facilities and campaign support. After the military coup of 2013 our work as a collective has been narrowed to the organisation and publication of a large collection of video material from the revolution, fully under Creative Commons. 858: An Archive of Resistance was published in January 2018.