Poetic Portraits of a Revolution
The Empowerment Project sent nationally recognized spoken word poets and youth educators Will McInerney and Kane Smego along with project translator and interpreter Mohammad Moussa and professional photographer and videographer Sameer Abdel-khalek to Egypt and Tunisia from June 15 – August 9. The team collected oral histories, capturing photographs and video, and creating poetic reflections that depict the sights, sounds, and emotions of life in both countries during this time of transformation. Poetry and recordings from their journey have been featured in radio segments broadcast nationally on the American Public Media show “The Story” with Dick Gordon, as well as on the WUNC program “Morning
September 9 & 10, 2011
Edition.” All of the material gathered during the trip will contribute to create a photography and poetry installation, a book publication, a film production, and this theater performance. The goal of this project is to provide a glimpse into lives of the Egyptian and Tunisian people in order to raise international awareness and understanding of their journey towards self-determination, and to bring back the knowledge and experiences gained during the study of these movements with the hopes of transforming our own communities.