Middle East

Eyes of the Revolution + WORKSHOPS

'Eyes of the Revolution' will be screened as part of a special day of workshops focusing on citizen media.

Registration for one screening and two workshops is free. Please email aan.korb@bbc.co.uk to register for any or all of these events.

Eyes of the Revolution, citizen journalism

The film will be introduced by the director, Ahmed El-Sheikh and hosted by Marc Perkins, BBC Arabic Head of Documentaries

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Image caption In 'Eyes of the Revolution' we hear the stories of fear and persistence of people who got as close to events as they could, and dared to record them as they were happening.
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Image caption Ahmed El-Sheikh

In 2011, youth demonstrating on the street were widely equipped with cameras and recording devices, documenting events, clashes and protests. Journalists and photographers, professional and amateur, risked their lives and freedom to convey the truth about the events surrounding them. Facing injury and arrest, they were determined in their mission. As a citizen journalist himself, Ahmed El-Sheikh turned the cameras on to the individuals who decided to take the role of being the eyes and ears of an ongoing uprising. In Eyes of the Revolution we hear the stories of fear and persistence of people who got as close to events as they could, and dared to record them as they were happening.

Director: Ahmed El-Sheikh is an Egyptian journalist and activist. As a participant in the January 25 revolution he used his mobile phone to document the police brutality he was witnessing first hand, ultimately losing an eye in Cairo's 'Friday of Rage'. Today, Ahmed is an assistant war correspondent reporting from Syria.

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Media captionIn 'Eyes of the Revolution' we hear the stories of fear and persistence of people who got as close to events as they could, to record them as they were happening.

Workshop: ROSENBLUM TV

Monday, 12:30 - 2pm, BBC New Broadcasting House Learning Zone. To join the workshops, email aan.korb@bbc.co.uk

Conducted by Michael Rosenblum, television producer and video journalist who built the first major VJ-driven local TV news operation, this session focuses on democratization of media.

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Television remains the most powerful news and journalism medium in the world. Yet, as of now, access to television remains very much a 'closed shop'. A tiny handful of networks and their producers decide what will be covered, and, as such, what the rest of the world gets to see. It is, by its very nature, both limited and anti-democratic, the furthest thing from a 'free press'. Yet, the confluence of two parallel technological trends is about to change all of that. The ability to to produce broadcast quality television news was once limited by the high cost and complexity of professional equipment. That is all over. Your iPhone is as powerful as one of those giant cameras you see 'professional' cameramen carrying. And you can edit and upload your pieces on your own. You essentially have a complete television news production studio in your pocket. At the same time, the number of platforms for broadcasting news have exploded - from smart phones to tablets to computers to cable and satellite. A vast and almost insatiable demand.

In this session we are going to look at these parallel revolutions and what they mean for you.

1. What are the new avenues for access

2. What tools do you need?

3. What must you do to insure that you can find and hold an audience?

4. How can I make a living doing this?

5. Beyond news - a whole new world of opportunity.

To join this workshop, email aan.korb@bbc.co.uk

WORKSHOP: MOSIREEN

Monday, 3:30 - 5pm, BBC New Broadcasting House Learning Zone. To join the workshops, email aan.korb@bbc.co.uk

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Mosireen is a non-profit media collective in Downtown Cairo born out of the explosion of citizen media and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, thousands upon thousands of citizens kept the balance of truth in their country by recording events as they happened in front of them, wrong-footing censorship and empowering the voice of a street-level perspective.

Their YouTube channel holds the record for most all-time views of a non-profit organization in Egypt with over 5 million total views since October 2011.

stay tuned for more details on this workshop conducted by two of Mosireen's co-founders, filmmaker/writer, Omar Robert Hamilton and actor/journalist Khalid Abdalla

To join this workshop, email aan.korb@bbc.co.uk

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