On December 4th, 2013 over 120 guests gathered at the Landmark E Street Theater in Washington, D.C. to mark the newest addition to the D.C. think tank community—The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. The TIMEP team is proud to announce that the Institute’s first public event, the discussion and screening of the film Rags and Tatters, was a major success.
A distinguished discussion panel, moderated by Executive Director Nancy Okail and including Kareem Ibrahim, Ghada Shahbander, and Rags and Tatters star Asser Yassin, discussed the overarching themes of the film prior to the showing, addressing such issues as societal power relations and marginalized populations in Egypt. The panelists are all linked to grassroots activists and organizations in Egypt working on issues of importance to TIMEP, a reflection of the Institute’s commitment to carry such voices to venues where they are less often heard.
A consistent theme within the post-screening discussion was the impact of the revolution on the lives of members of marginalized political, social, and economic groups in Egypt. The film’s compelling depiction of some of these marginalized groups motivated its selection as the core around which TIMEP would plan its inaugural event.
Many key individuals working on Egyptian issues in the Washington, D.C. community attended the event, and a number of prominent writers, activists, and analysts took to Twitter to spread the word of the Institute’s activities.
The positive social media response to the event illustrates, in a small way, all of the hard work and dedication of the TIMEP staff and the efforts of the Board of Advisers in promoting the future success and prosperity of TIMEP. We can only anticipate that TIMEP’s future events will be as meaningful and well-regarded.