Interview: 18 Days In Egypt

on Tuesday, Mar. 1st

 

After 18 long days of protesting, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11, 2011, bringing satisfaction to throngs of protesters across Egypt. The Egyptian movement, which began on Jan 25, was not only powerful on the streets of Tahrir Square, but also garnered the attention of people worldwide through social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

These massive social media updates caught the eye of journalist and film maker Jigar Mehta, who decided to create a website called #18 Days in Egypt. This site intends to be an archive of those 18 days and will consist of the varying media (videos, photos, audio) created by protesters on the ground in Egypt. Mehta, who hopes to turn his project into a documentary, describes 18 Days in Egypt as a “crowd sourced archive and documentary project.”

Turnstyle reporter Denise Tejada sat down with Mehta to talk about the conception of the project, the collecting strategy and his vision of the project’s future.

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