Since late 2010, more than a dozen nations have experienced popular uprisings that have collectively been called the Arab Spring. Protests, buoyed by predominantly young participants and social-media organizing, have exposed repression and led to regime changes. What does it mean to take part in a collective action that has the potential to unseat dictators and bring previously undreamed of freedoms to a people?
WE ARE THE GIANT explores this question through a series of insightful activist portraits: Osama describes how his 21-year-old, Virginia-raised son, Muhannad, fought against Gaddafi’s forces in Benghazi. Ghassan and Motaz remain committed to peaceful resistance even as Syria descends into ever-more-hopeless violence. Sisters Maryam and Zainab become pivotal opposition figures while their father suffers in a Bahrain prison. Underscored by echoes from past resistance leaders – ranging from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela to Aung San Suu Kyi – these stories illustrate what drives revolutionaries and reveal the sacrifices they must make to pursue their causes.
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Director/Producer: Greg Barker
Producers: John Battsek, Julie Goldman
Executive Producers: Christina Weiss Lurie, Hani Farsi, Jeffrey Lurie, Tony Tabatznik
Co-Executive Producers: Andrew Ruhemann, Kerstin Emhoff
Co-Producer: Razan Ghalayini
Line Producer: Diane Becker
Editor: Joshua Altman
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Sundance Film Festival: 2014 Premiere