“The Images are the Revolution’s”: Mosireen, “Revolution Triptych” (2013)

  • Kay Dickinson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema book series (PASTARCI)


This chapter incorporates “Revolution Triptych” (2013), written by members of the video collective Mosireen. Mosireen contributed to the horizontal, leaderless revolution launched in Egypt in 2011 through filmmaking, community support, archiving and many other types of often non-media-based activism. This chapter outlines the social, political and economic conditions that provoked insurgency in Egypt and how the struggle persisted through the military and Muslim Brotherhood regimes that followed. It details the public and private ownership structures of the media at this time and examines the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary moves they made. The commodification of images of the revolution receives particular scrutiny, something to be countered by a politics of the commons and a radical practice of archiving. This chapter comprises a spotlight analysis of Why Riot? (Mosireen, 2013).


Mosireen Egyptian revolution Egyptian media industries Archiving “Arab Spring” 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kay Dickinson
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  1. 1.Mel Hoppenheim School of CinemaConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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