Nasser. 2015. France/South Africa. Directed by Jihan El-Tahri. In Arabic, English, Russian; English subtitles. 97 min.
Beginning in 1952, with the resistance against the British Occupation, the film follows the rise to power of Egypt’s iconic leader Gamal Abdul Nasser, capturing in captivating detail his struggle to make Egypt the secular leader of the Arab world. Using military connections, popular support, foresight, and cunning, Nasser became president, and in the end his repression of all opposition proved both his greatest strength and his downfall. This comprehensive documentary is jam-packed with interviews—of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, government officials, communists, military personnel, and foreign diplomats—interspersed with mainstream film clips and an explicit narration. A Doc Fortnight/African Film Festival, Inc. collaboration.