Still Alive

-by Pauline Beugnies-

Tahrir Generation is a transmedia project dedicated to the Egyptian youth. It includes a documentary film, a photo book, an exhibition, and a web documentary.

In January 2011, the Egyptian youth led a unprecedented revolt, ousting Hosni Mubarak who had been in power for 30 years, in only 18 days of uprising.

Six years later, the omnipotent military state is back and the repression against opponents is deadlier than ever. Most of the journalists have left Egypt, which they had come to in the wake of what they call the "Arab Spring". Freedom spaces are constantly shrinking. It seems to us that it is precisely now that we must be there and continue to tell the story of the revolt and its aftermath.

Through the encounter with Egyptian young people, Tahrir Generation offers a dialogue with the Arab world that we understand so bad. Our ambition is to reveal their way to resist or simply to stay alive!

The movie

Still Alive

Still Alive offers a unique testimony to the imprint left by the revolution on young people. This intimate documentary addresses revolt and commitment, scattered dreams and transition to adulthood. By uniting characters sometimes diametrically opposed, Pauline Beugnies proposes an original viewpoint - far different from the monolithic vision some media may have conveyed - that will certainly shake up common beliefs about the actors of this major historical event.

The book

Génération Tahrir

Génération Tahrir is the portrait of a generation in motion. The photographs and texts of Pauline Beugnies dialogue with the sketches of Ammar Abo Bakr, first artist to paint large murals on the walls of Cairo. The writer Ahmed Nagy close the book with an essay on his own experience of the revolt.

The book was selected in Photo-Text award in Arles photo festival in 2016.

The webdocumentary

Sout El Shabab

Sout El Shabab was co-directed by Pauline Beugnies and three French journalists, Rachida El Azzouzi (Médiapart) Marion Guénard (Radio France) and Nina Hubinet (independent journalist). The web-documentary compiles photos, texts, audio testimonies and videos articulated around five characters.

Sout El Shabab was awarded the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Mediterranean Journalism Prize in 2013 (new media category) and the Mediterranean Multimedia Prize at the PriMed, in December 2014.