Political Activism in Egypt: A Personal Narrative of a 60 Year Struggle for Political Rights and Human Dignity

During the 2011-12 winter break, through the AT&T New Media Fellowship, I traveled to Cairo and Kuwait to re-trace my Grandfather's political activisim in Egypt through his memiors, photographs, video, and family. Ultimately through his voice and experience I hope to shed light on current events in Egypt today by placing them historically within a personal narrative. 

Locations

Cairo
Egypt
Kuwait
  • Tala Worrell | March 30th, 2012
    I thought I would share a couple of my attempts to start to put the material I had gathered over break together. The cover photograph is a collage, a technique I used to storyboard, I found it easier to get to know the material when I was physically...
  • Tala Worrell | February 1st, 2012
    It is unclear when exactly my grandfather moved to Kuwait. My memory of the story was that he escaped Cairo by boat through Alexandria to Kuwait in 1952, just before the Free Officers Revolution, and never looked back until his return in 2003....
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    Tala Worrell | January 22nd, 2012
    When I visited Kuwait, as I was flipping through the photographs that inspired this project, I found an old photo-album of scans of the pictures. In this album my grandfather had annotated each photo in the margins, framing the time and place of the...
  • Tala Worrell | January 14th, 2012
    Filming in Egypt was no easy task, for there was an atmosphere of suspicion that I did not expect. My mind was still entrapped in the euphoric freedom that exploded during the early days of the revolution, where a constant stream of videos premiered...
  • Tala Worrell | January 7th, 2012
    The Egyptian parliamentary elections currently underway, have been charged with being purposely overly complicated to deter voters. However, there appear to be some efforts to simplify the process. Each party and electoral candidate is given, or if...
  • Tala Worrell | January 5th, 2012
    So after a few days of interviews and trouping around historic areas we decided to take a detour and visit the Townhouse Gallery in the Mechanic's district in Cairo. William Wells founded the Townhouse Gallery in 1998 in an effort to create a space...
  • Tala Worrell | January 2nd, 2012
    The photograph above is the door to the house where my grandfather was born in 1923 Cairo, shortly after the Egyptian monarcy was installed under British Imperial rule. It is located in a neighborhood called Rod El Farj. The neighborhood consists...
  • Tala Worrell | December 19th, 2011
    The events of January 2011 in Tahrir Square, Egypt, and the subsequent toppling of the Mubarak regime lit a surprising spark within me; the warmth of pride. Pride that I did not expect to feel. My grandfather, Ismail Ali Sayed, a youth in Cairo...