Mosireen is a non-profit media collective in Downtown Cairo 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 the voice of a street-level perspective.
Egypt’s march towards the future its millions demanded did not end with Mubarak leaving power, it began.
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 film makers and activists who got together to found a collective space dedicated to supporting citizen media of all kinds. We film the ongoing revolution, publish videos that challenge state media narratives, provide training, technical support, equipment, organise screenings, and events and host an extensive library of footage from the revolution.
Within three months of publishing videos we were the most watched non-profit youtube channel in Egypt of all time, and in the whole world in January.
The Mosireen workspace is open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience or ability to pay. We see a large part of our role as helping to network between a wide variety of initiatives and projects, especially those born out of a spirit of civic engagement. As well as connecting those with skills, we are also working to share our skills with others and have run free training courses for more than 250 people so far.
We are at a crucial moment in history where we have a chance to improve our society, to take strides towards social justice, to make broader opportunities for more people, to lessen the divisions between classes. And it will be that little bit easier with your help.
Mosireen is open 12-10pm every day, except Friday.
We welcome everyone to use our space as a workspace. We have internet and basic working facilities – desks, computers, a printer.
We have 3 iMacs featuring editing and other software suites (Final Cut Pro, Adobe CreativeSuite, etc.); these computers are available for use during our working hours.
We have a variety of cameras and sound recording equipment that are available for rental.
Our meeting room can accommodate up to twenty people, and can be booked on an hourly basis, any time from 12-10pm.
We host a public archive of footage of the revolution collected from January 25th 2011 onwards. It is available for viewing during our working hours. Any of the videos on the public archive are free to download and use on a creative commons basis, with attribution where appropriate. The archive is available for commercial use. Details upon request. For specific needs with the archive, we have an open clinic on Tuesdays 12-8PM.
We hold a variety of workshops on editing, filming, use of social media, and other media skills.
An intensive filming, editing, compression and uploading workshop designed for beginners. After three days students learn everything they need to know to produce and publish their own videos. In 2012 we will run these workshops in five cities other than Cairo.
We hold film screenings at Mosireen every Tuesday at 8pm, screening a variety of feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world.
Tahrir Cinema is an open-air screening of revolutionary footage that takes place in Tahrir Square, presenting the products of Egyptian citizen journalism as filmed in protests, strikes and sit-ins. The footage shown at Tahrir cinema represents an alternative media that is open for everyone to film, produce and interact with.
We host a calendar that includes the different political events (meetings, talks, protests, sit-ins, strikes etc.) taking place in Egypt. The political calendar is updated daily and can be found online.
To keep the space operating, run workshops, employ staff and maintain our equipment we need around $60,000 a year.
We plan on raising this money through private donations, membership fees and online fundraising. We are very keen to keep the membership fees as low as possible to make media work accessible to everyone. We are also not taking any governmental or NGO money to ensure we have total independence.
If you can afford to support us – thank you. You’ll be supporting one of the groups of people working to resist the growing crackdown on free speech from our new military rulers.
We’ve thought a lot about the perks system of these crowd funding websites. And we realised that you’re not going to support us so that you can get a Mosireen t-shirt or a mug. If you’re going to support us it’s going to be for the work, it’s going to be because you consider yourself part of the global community pushing for change. When you support us, you’re supporting a community of hundreds of media activists that we engage with.