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Words of Witness

In the midst of the ‘Arab Spring,’ one Egyptian woman and journalist follows her country’s revolutionary journey.

Director: Mai Iskander
Producers: Tiffany Schauer, Steve Cohen
Production Company
Iskander Films
Release Date
October 12, 2012

Every time 22-year-old Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country's future, her mother is compelled to remind her, "I know you are a journalist, but you're still a girl!" Defying cultural norms and family expectations, in Words of Witness, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy.

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