Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Blog

By Nama Khalil

2012 Summer Intern

During the democratic uprisings that began in the Arab world in 2011, the entire world has focused on Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria. On February 16, Bahrainis participated in what the Qatar-based television station Al Jazeera has called a “secret revolution,” one that was “abandoned by Arabs, forsaken by West and forgotten by the world.” With no international reporters in Bahrain to capture the uprising, Al Jazeera documented, in trembling closeness, the courage demonstrated by the Bahraini protesters, and then the horrors and bloodshed that ensued once the ruler’s forces commenced their attack.

This timely and inspiring footage, which ultimately tells a disheartening story, can now be seen in the new documentary Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark. The film documents how Bahrainis maintained their dignity through years of absolutism and then, inspired by events taking place elsewhere in the Arab world, gathered around the Pearl Roundabout in the capital city of Manama to demand freedom from a corrupt regime. It started with the familiar chant “the people want the fall of the regime” but ended when the regime crushed the protests at the Pearl Roundabout.

Read the rest of the article at Foreign Policy in Focus




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