Documentary, 2016, Color, 80 min.
Original Language: English, with some Arabic dialogue
Director: Michal Goldman
Screenplay: Michal Goldman
Cinematography: Kamal Abdel Aziz
Research: Nareman Amin, Elisha Baskin, Lisa Hartjens, Alexander Kandaurov, Sarah Moussa, Kathleen Mulvaney, Marlin Mounir Soliman
Editing: Peter Rhodes
Producer: Michal Goldman
Production: Mermaid House
Co Production: Hama Film Productions, Middle West Films
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Hiam Abbass as a narrator, Khaled Abol Naga Nasser’s English Voice-Over
In 1952, young Egyptian colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. Over the next 18 years, he challenged Western cultural hegemony, confronted Islamism at home, established the region's first military authoritarian regime, and faced deep divisions among the Arabs. A man of enormous charisma and ambition, Nasser had begun a revolution he could not complete. Now Egypt confronts his legacy.
Biography: Michal Goldman is an independent documentary film producer who grew up near Boston. She began to work on documentaries during the civil rights movement, and then worked in the editing rooms of several Hollywood films, including “The Exorcist”. Her connection to Egypt goes back to the 1990s when she lived and worked in Cairo for several years while making her film “Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt” about Arab music’s greatest diva. “Nasser’s Republic, The Making of Modern Egypt” is Goldman’s first film about politics – America’s as well as Egypt’s.
Selected Filmography: A Jumpin, Night in the Garden of Eden (1988), 1996 Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt (1996)