Published on 8th January 2019 by

When protest erupted in the streets of Egypt in 2011, groups of rival football fans found themselves united at the heart of the unrest. Ultras – the fanatical supporters of Egypt’s biggest teams – had long fought each other as an expression of loyalty to their clubs. Now they fought together, protesting a common enemy: President Mubarak and his hated regime. Informed by their experiences of resisting the police as football fans, the ultras applied their knowledge to civil protest, forming the formidable militant core of the revolution. Heroes of the revolution, the ultras are now classified as terrorists by the state, an attitude that was to have tragic consequences at Port Said in 2012. With rare access to the supporters at the heart of the revolution, this doc offers an unseen view of the Arab Spring and its fatal consequences for Egypt’s most passionate football fans.

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