The battle: In late November, Egyptian security forces violently removed protestors who remained in Tahrir. A battle was waged for five days. Police (backed by soldiers) used "khartoosh" shotgun pellets and live ammo against boys, mostly hardcore soccer fans called “Ultras.”
Activism had been suppressed during Mubarak’s rule, leading to movements growing out of mosques and sports. Hardcore futbol fans known as “Ultras" would be arrested at futbol games for fireworks, fights – and on the streets for bribes – leading to animosity against police. Highly organized, they draw hundreds to a cause. During the Revolution, they are on the front lines.
"Boys of the Bullet": The boys on the front lines of battles fought for ideas they believed were greater than their livlihood. While much of Western media has focused on Egyptian middle class culture, which “translates” the battle zone through Facebook and Twitter, these young men are remembered on R.I.P. shirts and banners in Tahrir. They are considered the people's soldiers.
We aim in our film to explore what drove these boys to face bullets in the name of freedom.
Donations: All donations collected will go to film production, including for our translator, editing, production, music rights, and to create a promotional trailer and website to obtain larger funding for the production. A portion of any proceeds from the film will be donated to the injured.
(Shadi Rahimi) In Cairo I worked as a news freelancer and as a community manager for a website documenting the Revolution through Egyptians' personal stories. My journalistic work there was featured on Al Jazeera, ATurnstyle News, New America Media and Dutch Public Broadcasting.
(Youssif Salah) Was previously a production manager at Film Clinic productions in Cairo, and is now a producer at Universal Legends Studio. He has produced five full-length Egyptian films including Microphone, Samir and Shahir and Bahir, The International, On A Day Like Today and Paper Code.
(Mostafa Sheshtawy) Is a photojournalist for The Daily News Egypt. He is also a reporter for 18DaysInEgypt.com, a website documenting the Revolution through Egyptians' personal stories.