Mosireen: Independent Media Collective in Cairo.

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Omar Robert Hamilton
Community
Cairo
Egypt
9 Team Members

 

 

OUR STORY

Mosireen is a non-profit media collective in Downtown Cairo born out of the explosion of citizen media and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, thousands upon thousands of citizens kept the balance of truth in their country by recording events as they happened in front of them, wrong-footing censorship and empowering the voice of a street-level perspective.

Egypt's march towards the future its millions demanded did not end with Mubarak leaving power, it began.

Mosireen, which is a play on the Arabic words for "Egypt" and "determined" was founded in the wake of Mubarak's fall by a group of film makers and activists who got together to found a collective space dedicated to supporting citizen media of all kinds. We film the ongoing revolution, publish videos that challenge state media narrativesprovide training, technical support, equipment, organise screenings,  and events and host an extensive library of footage from the revolution.

Within three months of publishing videos we were the most watched non-profit youtube channel in Egypt of all time, and in the whole world in January. 

The Mosireen workspace is open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience or ability to pay. We see a large part of our role as helping to network between a wide variety of initiatives and projects, especially those born out of a spirit of civic engagement. As well as connecting those with skills, we are also working to share our skills with others and have run free training courses for more than 250 people so far.

All our services are run on a pay-what-you-can basis. All our videos are available to download or stream completely for free and openly for all non-commercial viewing, screening, distribution. 

We are at a crucial moment in history where we have a chance to improve our society, to take strides towards social justice, to make broader opportunities for more people, to lessen the divisions between classes. And it will be that little bit easier with your help. 

 

 

 

OUR SERVICES 

 

 

Mosireen is open 12-10pm every day, except Friday.
We welcome everyone to use our space as a workspace. We have internet and basic working facilities – desks, computers, a printer.

 

We have 3 iMacs featuring editing and other software suites (Final Cut Pro, Adobe CreativeSuite, etc.); these computers are available for use during our working hours.

 

We have a variety of cameras and sound recording equipment that are available for rental.

 

Our meeting room can accommodate up to twenty people, and can be booked on an hourly basis, any time from 12-10pm.

 

We host a public archive of footage of the revolution collected from January 25th 2011 onwards. It is available for viewing during our working hours. Any of the videos on the public archive are free to download and use on a creative commons basis, with attribution where appropriate. The archive is available for commercial use. Details upon request. For specific needs with the archive, we have an open clinic on Tuesdays 12-8PM.

 

 We hold a variety of workshops on editing, filming, use of social media, and other media skills.


Intermediate DSLR workshop in Mosireen

 

Rahal

An intensive filming, editing, compression and uploading workshop designed for beginners. After three days students learn everything they need to know to produce and publish their own videos. In 2012 we will run these workshops in five cities other than Cairo. 

 

We hold film screenings at Mosireen every Tuesday at 8pm, screening a variety of feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world.

 

Tahrir Cinema is an open-air screening of revolutionary footage that takes place in Tahrir Square, presenting the products of Egyptian citizen journalism as filmed in protests, strikes and sit-ins. The footage shown at Tahrir cinema represents an alternative media that is open for everyone to film, produce and interact with.

 

Tahrir Cinema occupied space outdoor screening in tahrir square

  

Political Calendar

We host a calendar that includes the different political events (meetings, talks, protests, sit-ins, strikes etc.) taking place in Egypt. The political calendar is updated daily and can be found online.

 

 

donation box in the kitchen

 

WHAT WE NEED

 

 

To keep the space operating, run workshops, employ staff and maintain our equipment we need around $60,000 a year.        

We plan on raising this money through private donations, membership fees and online fundraising. We are very keen to keep the membership fees as low as possible to make media work accessible to everyone. We are also not taking any governmental or NGO money to ensure we have total independence.

If you can afford to support us - thank you. You'll be supporting one of the groups of people working to resist the censorship and poor media coverage of social struggles erupting all across the country.

  

 

WHAT YOU GET

 

We've thought a lot about the perks system of these crowd funding websites. And we realised that you're not going to support us so that you can get a Mosireen t-shirt or a mug. If you're going to support us it's going to be for the work, it's going to be because you consider yourself part of the global community pushing for change. When you support us, you're supporting a community of hundreds of media activists that we engage with. 

 
If you really want something in return, come by the workspace and we'll give you DVDs of films to spread around and help you make your own tea and coffee. And if you can't come by and want a DVD of our work, we'll find a way of getting it to you. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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  • $20USD
    Film Screenings

    You can support our Tuesday screening programme. We are one of the only spaces showing independent film with Arabic subtitles in Egypt.

    61 claimed
  • $50USD
    Revolution Archive

    You can help cover some of the cost of the new hard drives we need to store our ever-expanding archive of the revolution.

    48 claimed
  • $100USD
    Workshops

    You can help us expand our free workshop programme to more cities across the country.

    37 claimed
  • $250USD
    Tahrir Cinema

    You can help us put on more public outdoor screenings of alternative media reports and videos, helping us reach those who don't have the internet.

    12 claimed
  • $500USD
    Collective workspace

    You can help keep our collective workspace open to the public. We need sustainable support to not only pay the rent, but provide materials, resources and help to media activists.

    5 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Film production

    You can help us keep making films, films that support civilian campaigns, films that press for social justice, films that expose state narratives. To avoid any large donors having undue influence, this is our maximum amount.

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