Mosireen | Creative Time Summit Presenter | October 12 | Skirball Center, NYC
Founded in 2011 in Cairo, Egypt
Represented by Salma Said
On January 25, 2011, an 18-day long uprising began in Egypt. As protesters took to the streets, their cell phones became a form of security. Protesters became journalists—tweeting, photographing and sharing the violations committed against them with the world. This influx of citizen reporters passionate about uncovering the atrocities they had experienced inspired the formation of Mosireen. The group, whose name is a play on the words meaning “Egyptians” and “determinism,” is based in a nonprofit media center in downtown Cairo and seeks to nurture the skills of self-taught journalists by promoting their work and encouraging the creation of a journalistic network that openly shares footage. By organizing screenings of footage collected in Tahrir Square, Mosireen allows participants to relive the nation’s most violent protests through their own eyes with a collective sense of accomplishment.