Director: Fredrik Stanton

Film Info

  • Year: 2012
  • Film Format: Digital Cinema Package & Blu Ray
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 85
  • Color
In January 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in a spontaneous eruption against thirty years of oppression under the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, the largely peaceful protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and live bullets in the hope of facing down security forces and overthrowing the government. Over eight hundred lost their lives, and several thousand were arrested and tortured by security forces.

UPRISING tells the story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key organizers, their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.

Awards won
Best Documentary - St. Louis International Film Festival
Best Documentary - Silicon Valley Film Festival
Best Documentary - Lone Star Film Festival
Best Documentary – Kansas City Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Beverly Film Festival
Honorable Mention – Fargo Film Festival
Honorable Mention – International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture
Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film – Richmond Film Festival
Best of Festival - Alexandria Film Festival
Golden Reel Award – Nevada Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - California Film Awards
Breakthrough Filmmaker Award – Phoenix Film Festival
Royal Reel Award – Canada Film Festival
One in a Million Award – Sun Valley Film Festival

Fredrik Stanton

Fredrik Stanton, Director and Producer of Uprising, is the author of Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World, and a John C. Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He has appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal and Voice of America, and his writing has been published in the Washington Post.com, Forbes.com, Politico, the Boston Herald and the United Nations Association's A Global Agenda. Mr. Stanton is the former president and publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He has served as an election monitor in Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Azerbaijan.

Directed by
Fredrik Stanton

Produced by
Alexander Davidis
Samer Ezeldin
Fredrik Stanton

Executive Producers
Fredrik Stanton
Alexander Davidis
Don Glascoff

Director of Photography
Samer Ezeldin

Rachel Anderson
Inigo Gilmore
Mostafa Alrefaee
Ahmed Medhaf
Issa Alhadidy
Magdy Kamel
Maged Altweel
Ahmed Darweesh
Ahmed Abd El-Fatah
Andrew Bossone
Wail Gzoly
Oussama Hijji

Written by
Fredrik Stanton

Edited by
William James Hamilton

Consulting Editors
Adam Bolt
Lauren Saffa

Audio Finish
Tom Gambale

Archive Sourcing Associate Producers
Eli Andrews / Transterra Media
Michael Downey / Transterra Media

Robert Babicz
Khaled Dajani
Ramy Essam
Erwin Steijlen
“A concise commemoration of a new society’s birth pains.... Puts events in context by skillfully blending interviews (and) makes great use of footage filmed by demonstrators.” – , The New York Times
“Few viewers will fail to be moved.” – , The Hollywood Reporter
“A stirring piece of work.” – , The New York Post
“The rebellion (is) laid out in absorbing, you-are-there fashion in the documentary.” – , Los Angeles Times
“Takes a clear, cohesive approach to the spontaneous events at its center.” – , Variety