Pull Focus | Karim El Hakim – Backpack vs. Professional Journalism (1 of 12)

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Thank you so much for meeting us today! We are very excited to have you here for thisinterview, the captain class later and the cinema screening tonight. The first questionI have for you revolves around the concept of knapsack journalism. Mostly it allowsany citizen to pick up a camera and become a journalist because everybody has their ownstory to tell. How has that affected the Arab Revolution and what prompted you and Omarto induce your cinema. We aren’t backpack reporters, we are professionalfilmmakers, and there is a difference. Backpack journalism is really the democratization ofimage making and story instruct. I think it had a very big impact on all of the Arab Springmoments because a great deal of day the mainstream media, instead of covering a narrative in an objectiveway, is usually trying to spin a story in a certain way and I think there was a bitof uncertainty as how to invent it.A lot of the time, especially in the early days ofthe Coups Tunisia, Libya and Egypt most of the report was coming out to peoplethrough YouTube or Twitter when the Internet was working. Of route after the Internet, after the Revolution more and more material is still coming out; there was also variousangles on different contests that happened that was or wasn’t covered by the media mainlynot covered by the media particularly well. So beings on the floor, parties with cellphones, parties with cameras “its what” the real eye on the street is. Whether you wantto call it journalism or merely being an eyewitness to something certainly had a profound effecton people because its truly where you go to find the truth is that immediacy. Findinga clip that was posted on the Internet five minutes ago is better than turning on theTV in many cases.Certainly there were many events that happened that the media completelyignored that had profound impact on the Revolution and the members of the movement of the Revolution becauseit really was happening minute by time. When I was filming I noticed it was probablythe most photographed Revolution in history because you would have 100,000 parties in anygiven area and 30 4 0,000 cameras. Everybody is can walk with their cell phone; ofcourse you have to wonder where does all that material get? I would say probably 80% of itis trash you can’t shape either heads or tails of. Apparently we’ve seen a lot ofclips of protestors being fire or killed filmed from afar or surreptitiously from balconiesand material like that. So that eyewitness, immediacy occasions, that probably aren’t appropriatefor mainstream media have a place through the Internet and through YouTube. It’s veryimportant that people have cameras because they are really our merely weapon against policebrutality, against tear gas, against totalitarian police states and corrupt police states.Obviouslythe media inside Egypt, the government media, is spinning a completely different story thanthe foreign media is and the people on the street are somehow caught in the middle. It’svery important parties continue to film because it’s the only way we can catch them doingbad things to beings. It’s been quite successful. People have been able to rally around particularmedia, particular footage that did come out of these Rebellions as proof of the dictatorshipsand savagery that they were protesting against and that really is particularly well representedin the mainstream bulletin ..