The Uprising: the Arab Revolutions from the Inside Thu, June 12, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

uprising movie
Thursday, June 12, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (b/w Broad & Broadway), Lower Manhattan
Admission: Suggested Contribution: Adults $10 | Students, Seniors, Alwan Members $5

The Uprising Directed by Peter Snowdon, Belgium/UK, 2013, 78 minutes,Arabic and English spoken with English and French subtitles


The Uprising prvides an exploration of the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again. This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The film uses this footage, not to recount the actual chronology of events or analyse their causes, but to create an imaginary pan-Arab uprising that exists (for the moment) only on the screen.

Doors open at 6:30pm,  Screening starts 7pm

Film Website


“Snowdon’s film collapses the historical timeframe into the structure of a seven-day journal. The result is an imaginary history, but rooted in actual events and retaining some sense of distinct localities: a massive pan-Arab movement.”
-Ela Bittencourt

The Brooklyn Rail

“A bold, epoch-defining leap forward in doc method”.


-Craig Baldwin

The Brooklyn Rail


Opus Bonum Award for Best World Documentary at Jihlava IDFF 2013.

About the Director
Peter Snowdon is a director and writer who made his debut into film with agit-prop documentaries. Over time, his work evolved beyond the purely political to engage with the experimental and avant-garde traditions, and to address wider philosophical issues.

Snowdon has created a number of short films and documentaries among the most notable are “Walking Through Paradise” (2010) and “Berwick’s Mambo” (2008). His films have has been awarded prizes at Toma Unica (Madrid), Malescorto International Short Film Festival, and Kansas City Film Festival. He is currently based in Belgium, where he is preparing a PhD on vernacular video and documentary practice after the Arab Spring at MAD Faculty.


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