WE ARE THE GIANT

SYNOPSIS

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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.

CREDITS

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

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE & AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival: 2014 Premiere

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