Waves: a relevant, poetic meditation on revolution
Ahmed Nour’s first film is well worth watching. But where are you going to see it? Euromed audio visual, 25/05/2014, Alice Hackman
Watch Waves. With barely any images of protest, and none of Tahrir Square, Suezi filmmaker Ahmed Nour has made one of the most insightful, thought provoking and timely films on Egypt’s 2011 revolution: why it happened, whether it was worth it, and where it is all going.
In his poetic, first long documentary, Nour tells the story of his hometown, the Egyptian seaport city of Suez, a “city of waves and crows”. Its inhabitants fought against the nation’s enemies and its factories were some of the most successful in the country, but Mubarak never visited in 30 years of rule. Its people were neglected, denied the potable water of nearby factories, their loyalty rewarded with a heartless ban on beaches and the murder of their birds.
Three years into the Egyptian revolution and not much has changed, except for the fact that Egyptians have found their voice. As a result, there is an exponential growth in great documentaries by Egyptians about the ongoing political struggles facing the country, albeit few platforms to showcase them on.
Ahmed Nour’s ‘Waves’ Wins at Ismailia Film Festival . Egyptian director picks up Best Long Documentary award for intimate look at revolution, Rolling Stone, Jul 04, 2014 By Adam Grundey
Ahmed Nour’s Waves, which focuses on the recent history of the filmmaker’s home city of Suez – up to and including the revolution of 2011 (which saw then-president Hosni Mubarak step down) and its aftermath – won the Best Long Documentary award at the 17th Ismailia International Film Festival last month.
“The idea for this movie began before the revolution,” says Nour. “It’s more a film about the 30 years of Mubarak’s rule, and about my generation; born in the early Eighties. I wanted to make a film about my generation in Suez, but it was never urgent for me, you know? I was always postponing making it.” When the revolution began, however, Nour quit his job and began shooting the movie. “So the revolution became a narrative line, but it’s not the main theme.”