Filmmakers use social media to create documentary of Egypt protests

byDana Liebelson
Feb 23, 2011 in Digital Journalism

What do the words “#jan25” and “#ndpbuilding” have in common? These are just two of the hashtags filmmakers are using to create a timeline of the protests in Egypt in a crowdsourced documentary project.

The project, dubbed “#18DaysinEgypt,” is collecting tweets, videos, photos, emails and text messages to create a documentary of protests in Egypt from January 25 to February 11, when President Hosni Mubarak abruptly resigned.

The goal of this collective reporting project is to tell the story of the Egyptian revolution utilizing the same real-time media tools that people used as the events unfolded.

Interested participants should tag their media in Twitter, YouTube and Flickr with #18DaysinEgypt. Remember to include info on the time and date where the material was taken, as well as the location and a description. Text messages and MMS photos/videos will also be accepted soon.

A full list of relevant tags can be found on the website. Participants can only tag media that they, or friends have created -- in other words, do not tag professionally-edited and produced pieces.

The project’s team is made up of two documentary filmmakers, Jigar Mehta and Alaa Dajani, and software developer Yasmin Elayat. Ultimately, they plan to put the project online and create a feature documentary shot entirely by those who experienced the events.

To learn more, click here.

You can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.