Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt from Icarus Films is the latest title digitized by NJVID team this week. This video can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on this title:
- Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt (Icarus Films) – This title is the first film for an American audience about Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the Arab world’s most transformative leaders. In 1952, as a unknown young Egyptian colonel, Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. Over the next 18 years he challenged Western hegemony abroad, confronted Islamism at
home, and faced deep divisions among the Arabs, emerging as a titanic figure,
champion of Arab progress and African liberation. But what he could not offer was democracy; instead, he established the region’s first and much emulated military authoritarian regime. A man of enormous charisma and ambition, Nasser became caught in the coils of his own power, dying at 52 with many dreams unrealized. The Arab Spring and its aftermath are his legacy. Fifteen years after completing her film Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt, director Michal Goldman returned to a very different Egypt to begin work on Nasser’s Republic, filmed between 2011 and 2015. During this period of turmoil, Egyptians argued passionately about their history as a way to see what course to follow in the future. It is their voices-peasants and professors, secularists and Islamists-that drive this film.