"It's a way to make history come alive," Mehta says. He and his team have alreadylogged about three hours of video and 800 photos from the protests in Egypt. Nowthey have to whittle it down. After all, he says, bringing an event like the protestsin Egypt back to life will require getting the people behind the content to tell theirstories, and explain the who, what, where, when, and how behind each shot. It willalso require hurdling over some logistical barriers, like translating a video of protestors chanting slogans in Arabic and reaching Twitter users who might notknow how to upload their videos onto YouTube
or even have access to theneccesary Internet bandwidth.It may take some time, but Mehta believes his documentary can eventually have abroad impact. "Right now a lot of Egyptians there are not ready to be reflective,"he says. "In the next few weeks there will be some quiet moments, and that willprovide opportunity to push in and try to engage. Building the documentary is theeasy part. The harder part is engaging the community who were a part of it."Jaeah Lee is an Editorial Intern at Mother Jones. Get Jaeah'sRSS feed or follow
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