Via Cairo, Egypt
Mosireen is a nonprofit media collective 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 street-level perspectives.
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 filmmakers and activists who got together to found a collective space dedicated to supporting citizen media of all kinds. Based in downtown Cairo, the collective films the ongoing revolution, publishes videos that challenge state media narratives, hosts an extensive library of footage from the revolution, organizes screenings and events, and provides training, technical support and equipment.