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Revolution 1: The Story of the Tunisian Uprising
32 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Episode 8: The Election
Who would lead Tunisia into the next chapter of its history — the revolutionaries who had pushed Ben Ali out of power, or the returning Islamists who had spent years exiled in Europe?
32 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 7: The Kasbah Protests
Ben Ali was gone, but the trouble with popular uprisings is there's not a lot of foresight. So how do you bootstrap a democracy when you've never really had one?
32 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Episode 6: Dégage
The final days of the revolution crashed into Tunis and onto Avenue Habib Bourguiba, but as protesters called for Ben Ali to get out, a dark secret was hiding just below their feet.
32 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Episode 5: On the Media
The Arab Spring is often called the Twitter Revolution, but who were the people behind the keyboard sending all those tweets? And, maybe more importantly, who were the people reading and acting on the calls to protest they saw on social media? This week we follow along with Lina Ben Mhenni and other bloggers and activists who were crucial to making the Tunisian Revolution a success.
33 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 4: The Interior
As Ben Ali loses his grasp on power, we meet two young lovers who are willing to risk everything to get the protests to spread.
38 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Episode 3: The Gafsa Mining Strikes
In a dusty mining town on the edge of the Sahara, we follow along with two young spies on a dangerous mission in what would become the prelude to the revolution.
31 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 2: Ben Ali
What do a yacht heist, a tiger, and a couple dozen Porsche SUVs have to do with the police state that was Tunisia in 2010? Well, everything, actually. Come along for the ride as we meet Zine el-Abbedin Ben Ali and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, who built their outsized lives on the broken system that was crushing Tunisia.
30 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Episode 1: Sidi Bouzid
Where were you on the day that changed the course of the 21st century? I'm not talking about 9/11, but about January 14, 2011, ten years ago today. You don't remember? Then you're not going to want to miss this story.
2 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
Coming Soon... Revolution 1: The story of the Tunisian Uprising
Ten years ago, a desperate young man set himself on fire in an obscure town in Tunisia, and set a new course for his country — and the world. The Arab Spring reshaped the course of the 21st century, but the uprising that inspired them all is often overlooked. Until now. Revolution 1 tells the story of the Tunisian uprising through the voices of those who lived it. We follow high schoolers-turned spies on a nail-biting mission to ferry video out of a blockaded city; a blogger who became the voice of the revolution in four languages as she steps out from behind her keyboard to document police brutality; and young lovers whose romance was cemented on the barricades, then torn apart by an arrest and weeks of torture. There's a yacht heist, gangsters, WikiLeaks cables, snipers, underground Facebook groups, and families dealing with the uncertainty we all face: joblessness, access to education, how to keep a business afloat. A decade later we are still feeling the effects of the Arab Spring today, from the global migration crisis to the rise in nationalism in Europe and the US. And with popular uprisings from Hong Kong to to Black Lives Matter still gripping the headlines, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back… to Revolution 1. Join us, on January 14th
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