With the World Cup looming, this new video by artist Ronnie Close takes a very different look at the politics of football fans.
One of the key players in Egypt’s emergent political debate are fanatical football supporters, the Ultras, who joined forces in street protests to remove Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and returned to the streets after the 2012 Port Said incident when 74 Al-Ahly fans were killed in an orchestrated attack. They mounted a successful political protest campaign against the state forces that culminated a year later in legal conviction and a sense of retribution.
Assembled from video footage drawn from a number of sources including the Al-Ahly Ultras themselves, this open ended documentary explores a political moment through a unique subculture.
Followed by a discussion with Ronnie Close.
Ronnie Close, 2014, 25 mins