Whose Country? is a Cinereach grantee.
— BY Mohamed Siam
Spanning the period from the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution in 2011 until the ouster or ex-President Morsi three years later, Whose Country? is a first-person account of one Cairo-based filmmaker’s interactions with a group of plainclothes policemen – the kind of security personnel who had become notorious in Egypt for widespread corruption and abuses of civilians – main causes for the January 25 uprising. Through verité footage and in one-on-one interviews, the policemen reveal the ways in which the security forces abused their role in society. At the same time, the filmmaker grapples with issues of ethics and morality and the memory of his father, a former criminal investigator.