Logline

Sexual harassment is a growing problem in the world, especially in Egypt. Through a series of interviews and social experiments, The People’s Girls takes a closer look at who is to blame, as well as how women are fighting back.

Synopsis

Sexual harassment has been a growing problem in Egypt over the last few years, especially in Cairo. UN Women reported that over 99% of Egyptian women have suffered from sexual harassment in their lifetime. Due to the extensive media coverage on the issue, the Egyptian government introduced anti-sexual harassment legislation, making it possible for harassers to face years in prison.

In September of 2014, filmmakers Colette Ghunim and Tinne Van Loon created a viral video, Creepers on the Bridge, showing the haunting stares of sexual harassers in Cairo’s streets. They now bring you The People’s Girls, a documentary film which through a series of interviews and social experiments takes a closer look at Egypt to see who is to blame for harassment and how women are fighting back. Because patriarchal societies often overlook women’s rights violations, this documentary serves as a catalyst for public debate not only in Egypt but internationally, as prominent cases of sexual harassment frequently occur on a global scale.

Credits

Directors Colette Ghunim and Tinne Van Loon

Executive Producer Tarek Nojara

Associate Producers Ali Sajid Imami, Marleen Anthonissen, Rosie Charbonneau, Kate Bell, Regina Brown and Eike Feldmann

Directors of Photography Tinne Van Loon and Ahmed Adel

Editor Mostafa Roshdy

Sound Mix Nate Green

Country Egypt

Year of Production 2015

Release Date August 10, 2016

 

Awards and Festivals

WINNER Best Documentary Short Film
Arab Film Festival San Francisco 2016

WINNER Ambassador Award
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2016

WINNER Silver Remi Award
WorldFest Houston 2016

WINNER Best Egyptian Film
International Open Film Festival 2016

Finalist
Censored Women's Film Festival Berlin 2016

Official Selection
We The People Film Festival London 2016

 

Downloads

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Screenings

We are currently applying to film festivals, and are in discussion with universities and organisations to set up screenings worldwide.
If you would like to organize a screening, please contact us!

Filmfestival Against Domestic Violence
Film Screening & Round Table Discussion with Activists and Film Subject Malak

June 10, 2017 3 pm
Juz
Bamberg, Germany

An event organized by Betna, a German-Egyptian NGO

Check festival website

Tadwein
Film Screening & Round Table Discussion with Activists and Film Subject Malak

May 7, 2017 6 pm
Dutch Flemish Cultural Center Zamalek
Cairo, Egypt

American University of Cairo
Film Screening & Panel Discussion with Film Subject Esraa

April 20, 2017 5 - 7 pm
AUC New Campus Mary Cross Hall
Cairo, Egypt

An event part of Sexual Harassment Awareness Month

Censored Women’s Film Festival at Brooklyn College
Film Screening & Panel Discussion with Director

March 10, 2017 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Brooklyn College Film Department
Brooklyn, New York

Jesuit Center of Alexandria
Film Screening & Discussion with HarassMap

March 9, 2017 7 pm
Jesuit Cultural Center
Alexandria, Egypt

American University of Beirut
Film Screening & Discussion with Farah Kobaissy

March, 6 2017 7 pm
AUB Campus West Hall Auditorium A
Beirut, Lebanon

We The People Film Festival

December 16, 2016 7:00 pm
London, UK

Check festival website

Northwestern University Doha
Screening and Q&A with Director

February 1, 2017
Doha, Qatar

An event part of Domestic Violence
Awareness Week

In partnership with
Carnegie Melon University Qatar

We The People Film Festival

December 16, 2016 7:00 pm
London, UK

Check festival website

Wesleyan Middle Eastern Student Union
Screening and Q&A with Director

November 16, 2016
Middletown, CT

Check event website

Arab Film Festival

October 16, 2016 4:20 pm
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Check festival website

Public Screening
and Q&A with Director

October 11, 2016 6:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Chicago, Illinois

In Honor of International Day of the Girl

In partnership with
Illinois Humanities, MALA, United Nations Association of the United States of America

Check event website

Flickers:
Rhode Island International Film Festival

World Festival Premiere!
August 10, 2016 6 pm
August 12, 2016 4:30 pm
Providence, Rhode Island

Check festival website

UC Berkeley
Screening & Panel Discussion

April 21, 2016 7 PM
UC Berkeley, California
Banatao Auditorium / Sutardja Dai Hall

An event part of Anti Sexual Assault
Awareness Month

Screening Campaign Images

Press

For press inquiries, please contact us at hello@tinnevanloon.com and coletteghunim@gmail.com

Egyptian Streets

Egyptian Streets writes about our Best Documentary Short win at the Arab Film Festival!

December 2016

A Woman's Place

Tinne was interviewed in this web-series on feminism in the world.

November 2015

TIME Magazine

A portrait of Tinne is featured, and The People's Girls is mentioned in this photo-story by Roger Anis on sexual harassment in Egypt.

August 2015

TEDx Chicago

Colette gave a TEDx talk in Chicago on the power of viral videos.

June 2015

Identities.Mic

September 2014

Huffington Post

Check out our HuffPost Live interview at the bottom of the page.

September 2014

Swedish National News

Our interview is in English, subtitled in Swedish.

September 2014

BuzzFeed News

September 2014

Al Hurra

Interview on an Arabic-language TV show about social media in the Arab world.

September 2014

Egyptian Streets

Mohamed Khairat from Egyptian Streets was the first to notice our video Creepers on the Bridge and interview us. It snowballed from there.

About the directors

Tinne Van Loon is a Belgian American documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Cairo, Egypt. She works on social issues concerning Middle Eastern communities, with a special focus on women's issues. Her work provides a greater context to the headlines, finding the everyday impact of political and societal conflicts. The People's Girls is her first documentary film.

Colette Ghunim is an independent filmmaker born and raised in the United States. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2014. While in college, she produced and edited a series of short films, as well as informational videos for various non-profit organizations in the United States, Costa Rica, and India.

We met in 2013 while Colette was studying a year abroad at the American University of Cairo, and Tinne was photographing on documentary stories in the city. We've been friends ever since.

None of this would have been possible without the enormous support of our Kickstarter backers.

Ali Sajid Imami
Marleen Anthonissen
Rosie Charbonneau
Kate Bell
Regina Brown
Eike Feldmann
Nasrine Shah
Adriana Ibrahim
Anna Ray
Fiona Walsh
Anette Dolva
Christian Birkeli-gauss
Van Loon Herman
Neelum Ahmed
Sanne Van Loon
Josiah Lovett
Amy Roche
Heather Ready
Stacia Gehman
Paul Organ
Gini Reticker
Mary Keil
Timothy Brown
Karen Reynard
Chris Stevens
Stacy Burton
Mark S Landsman
Nicolas Vendeville
Sarah Harris
Timothy Litts
Viraj Patel
Ann Lippens
Liana Zanin
M Wells
Sam Walentiny
Van Roey
Maryam Ayub Mushtaq
Lisa Meier
Nahed Mourad
Bjørn Erik Hundland
Cheryl Bakkestuen
Jesse Turner-Hunter
Linda C. Angell
Wunpiti Vinotai
Becky Savell
Gabriel Cubbage
Mark Westmoreland
Jason Stevens
Leyland Cecco
Ahmed El Kalla
Joan Sandstrom
Jill Meadows
Dalia Rehal
Elizabeth Mannir
Eva Isings
Darcy Heusel
Max Kuecker
Birgitt Schuele
Paula Pratt
Jan Schuermann
Gisbert Siegmund
Sharon Berkal
Doro Hohmann
Cornelia Pauer
Dexter Freivald
Gretchen Almoughraby
Gert & Els Van Loon
Crystal Lemire
Grace Griffin
Gail Kregloe
Keisha James
Sara Maamouri
Lexi Wozny
Oscar Durand
Kinjal Ajmera
Sarah Nichols
Hannah Gaber
Austin Merrill
Sayali
Rachel Wolfe
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
Destine Ozuygur
Alex Azmi
John Pobojewski
Jen Goswami
Travis Eckland
Christine Hostetler
Michael Prewitt
Pascal Costanza
Joke Vermeiren
Nancy Nessim Yacoub
Heidy Barsoum
Frances Amrani
Samar Mezghanni
Paola Elefante
Karla Abdalla
Paul Miro Lachmann
Joanna Leonardi
Kaya Kolodziejczyk
Van Loon Stan - Braeckmans Lutgard
Mariana Arias
Terri Szombathelyi
Tina Remiz
Jodi Shaw
Julia Arrasmith-Matson
Yvonne Espinosa
Ellie Panahi
Gabriel Liebeskind
Caitlin K

Mayleen de Hoog
Emad Karim
FairGo ForDoctors
Ingunn Bilbissi Holm
Tara Chill
Latiffa Kerbal
Isabel Duran
Neil McFarland
Colin White
Lama Mourad
Trisha Faulkner
Abu Bakr Mahmoud Sayed Khallil
Sara Al-Bassam
Astrid Theile-Papanikolaou
Roger Gilboy
Shannon Lenfest
B Kuehlhorn
Jessica Kline
Catherine Barnes
joysuke
Tracy Cox
Kuen Da-Sol
Eric Scott Ost
Ashley Platz
Caryn Schrader
Catherine Betancourt
Karen Tingstad
Ren Ama Mizu
Kathryn Wong
Lauren O'Baugh
Linnsey Miller
Jean Rosston
Myra Liu
Rachel Stainer
Rana El Hattab
Sara Mikulic
Stephen Tafel
Tameca Coleman
Eva Rojas
Jeanne Gallaher
Joyce Wu
Kristen Koob
Melissa Jawaharlal
Stephanie Aligbe
Suzanne Lee
Aliénor Mourre
Annalisa Greco
Antigone Debbaut
Hannah Quinn
Jason Lew
Jelle Jordaens
Dr. Martin Graf-Utzmann
Nicole Schützenhofer
Anna Sollogoub
Lamia Senousi
Tony Williams
Janelle Barnard Jones
Henning Bauer Westbye
Allen Royer
Anne Elizabeth Moss
Annemarie Rosenlund
John Tidwell
Marian E. Bruns
Quentin Turnbull
Amy Troschinetz
Elizabeth Angi
Harmony Harriman
Caitlin Cornelius
Diny Slamet
Krista McKernan
Katie Hancock
Holly Kearl
Míša Zezulková
Deena Stevens
Natalie Furlett
Lauren DeSalvo
Dani
Erin Borreson
Karla Vandebeek
Haley
Be Linda
Cristina Carrillo
Andra Pintiliuc
Alvaro
Eva Jimenez
Debra Hayward
Sandro Schwarz
Dominique Van Loon
Nick Sternberg
Topher McCulloch
Kelley Coyne
Lieu Vo
Jon Duke
Karman Kregloe
Rita Kuzmenko
Diron Jebejian
Chelsea Whitaker
Jana Asenbrennerova
Kathy Ray
Parthenia
Maitreyi Sistla
Kulsum Ishrati
Tiffany Ann Joslin
Gustavo Arguello
Raj Samuel
Gemma Archer
Yoke-Sum Wong
Gaelle Mourre
Dietmar Pohland

Nina Schuetze
Charles Thepaut
Anastasia Porteous
Jill Collins
Claudia Corbo
Jennifer Dyble
Maryanne Guirguis
Richard A Numeroff
Dale Greer
Andrea
Maria Dolores Garcia Sobrado
lemaitre
Shane Williams-Ness
Sheryl L. Schaffner
Christine Tsai
Julia
Evaldo Gonzalez
Tara Loftin Pescatore
Linda Mason
Tina Remiz
Sophie Mayer
Patricia McCarthy
Taylor Smyth
Andrew Sheerin
Leonie Taylor
Ailsa Laing
Tea Hadziristic
Steph Eyles
Malgorzata Majewska
Franka de Groot
Céline Van Loon
Kristien Van Loon
Mieke Van Loon
Martin Hermida
Ana Baquera Gómez
Jenny Kraunus
Vincent Förster
Theresa Thomczik
Alena Mang
Valentine Déhan
Justine Hervé
Aleksandra Dysko
Alnet Myriem
beme
Marianne Miller
Anna Adamczyk
Magdalena Kloss
Emily Renny
Michelle Brennan
Joanna Keen
Nicky Intalan & Kikko Paradela
Yasmine Mustafa
Sean P Kuehlhorn
Kamicia Miller
Maria Gigliotti
Ellie Eberts
Mahmoud Abdalla
Sarah Vantassel
Jaclyn Burhans
R M Keegan
Siobhan Mahoney
Leo Stassen
Sarah Jennings
Meghan Ozaroski
Jonathan Biddle
Allison Yates
Sofia Porter-Castro
Suzette Henderson
Pauline Tai
Samuel Lozoff
Whitney Buchanan
Hannah Kraus
Ron Figueroa
Andrea Morales
Zia Davidian
Farah Abdallah
Ashley Riley
Alex Beatty
Danielle Denha
Mark Doss
Brittany Mohler
Willy Gu
Julian Torres Barbosa
Danielle N Messing
Mei Powers
Alison McCarthy
Iman Childs
Elizabeth Barnes
Justin Marney
Mathias Koepke
Alexia Boiteau
Madeline
Taryn
Scout Tufankjian
Lindsay Matthews
Georgina Fonseca
Melissa Diehl
Gina Kass
Samira J Reyal
Mark R Mikhael
Jackie Schroeder
Joseph Michael Peterson
Eloise Marriott
Katie Khouri
Mahmoud Nabil
Ali Nic Sze
Tina Lieber
Bill Hayden
Markus Waldvogel
Susan Carey

Take Action

Sexual harassment unfortunately is still prevalent in Egypt and the rest of the world. There's still a lot of work to be done to solve this issue, so please check out the following organisations who are working hard to end this epidemic in Egypt.

HarassMap

HarassMap is the only organisation in Egypt working solely on fighting sexual harassment. They started out by providing an online map where hotspots of harassment could be marked, but they have expanded their efforts far beyond that, creating public service announcements on TV and more.

Harassmap.org

Nazra for Feminist Studies

Nazra works to strengthen women's rights in Egypt in a broader sense, but also provides legal assistance to any survivor of sexual harassment who wishes to bring the harasser to court.

Nazra.org

Nadeem Center

The Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence provides psychological and legal support for all victims of violence in Egypt, including sexual and domestic violence.

AlNadeem.org