May and Inigo's film tells the story of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of three young Egyptians from radically different backgrounds - each with different hopes for the future.
Ahmed Hassan wants to find work; socialist activist Gigi Ibrahim wants respect and freedom for all; Tahir Yasin wants an Islamic state. The film follows them from the early days of hope for change through the bloody aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow and rise of Islamists as elections loom.
We see all three swept up in a series of conflicts as the battle over the future of Egypt turns ugly, in mosques, markets and homes, with people veering between hope, despair and bitter disappointment.
The judges thought the film gave a human face to an important news story. One said: "It was engaging and informative and there were some genuinely memorable and quirky moments. The time the filmmakers spent with their well-chosen characters really paid off."
Another said: "I felt this film cut the distance between my living room in the UK and Cairo because the characters were people you could understand and relate to."
May Abdalla is a filmmaker based in London. She has made observational documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Science and is passionate about unearthing the stories of ordinary people caught up in bigger politics.
Her films have taken her across the US on a Muslim Punk tour bus, into back room currency deals in the British Home Counties and the classrooms of Damascus where she followed Syrian schoolchildren through their Baathist education in a critically acclaimed series for BBC4. She is presently shooting a feature documentary about the race to own the last unclaimed territories of the Arctic and the untold mineral resources beneath the ice.
Inigo Gilmore is an independent journalist and filmmaker who has worked across the world, with extensive experience in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In recent years he has covered a number of conflicts and disasters, operating in challenging circumstances. His work has appeared on Channel 4 News, the BBC, and on US television.
He has twice won a Royal Television Society Award - in 2011 it was the Independent Award for his work in Haiti. He has also been nominated for an Amnesty Media Award. This is his third time as a Rory Peck Award finalist.