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In the wake of the uprising that swept Mubarak’s regime from power in January 2011, young artists take to the streets of Cairo, believing art can be a weapon for change and a revolution can be powerful without violence. Filmmaker Marco Wilms equates the significance of the Arab Spring with the fall of the Berlin Wall but, having spent two years documenting the work of graffiti artists, musicians, poets and writers, he witnesses their dream of a new era devolve into a burning inferno as they clash with the military and extreme religious factions. Egyptian artists once told stories of rebellion on the walls of pharaonic temples. Now, graffiti artists respond to acts of war with bloodied images showing the death and destruction of Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmoud Street, only to have their work defaced or painted over. Others rebel against a history of suppression by expressing a newfound freedom in pictures and lyrics condemned by Muslim Brotherhood supporters as obscene and sexual. ART WAR is an eye-opening exploration of how political unrest collides with art and social media, allowing war-zone artists to reach new audiences in new ways.
Genre Art, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Marco Wilms
Screenplay Marco Wilms
Cinematography Ali Khaled, Bashir Mohamed Wagih, Emanuele Ira, Abdelrhman Zin Eldin, Marco Wilms
Producers Marlen Burghardt, Marco Wilms
Production Company Heldenfilm Produktion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Runtime 87 min
Format DCP, color
 Arabic, English, German
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2013, FIPA Biarritz 2014, FIFDH Geneva 2014, Sofia 2015, FIFA Montreal 2015
Awards Honorary Mention DOK Leipzig 2013, Prix Télérama FIPA Biarritz 2014, Prix Gilda Vieira de Mello FIFDH Geneva 2014, Jury Award FIFA Montreal 2015

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