The People’s Girls (بنات الناس), a short documentary that explores sexual harassment in Egypt through a series of interviews and social experiments, is finally available for anyone to watch online, regardless of where they are in the world.
“We are proud that we can finally release the film for worldwide online rental and purchase, so that the positive message of the brave Egyptian women featured in the documentary can spread even further,” said Tinne Van Loon, one of the two directors of the documentary, to Egyptian Streets.
“We are also in final negotiations with a sales agent to get the film to TV broadcasters worldwide.”
Those hoping to watch the documentary now, and don’t want to wait for it to be broadcast on television, can either rent it for just $5.00 (and have up to 30 days to watch it from the date of renting) or buy it for $15.00.
The documentary, co-directed by Van Loon and Colette Ghunim, was filmed after an earlier video by the two directors went viral. ‘Creepers on the Bridge’, which captured a first-person view of Ghunim walking down one of Cairo’s busiest bridges, went viral internationally after it revealed how many Egyptian women are often stared at and sexually harassed in haunting ways.
Local and international media attention, including a successful fundraising campaign, encouraged and allowed Ghunim and Van Loon to film The People’s Girls, which is aimed at taking a closer look at who is to blame for sexual harassment as well as how women are fighting back. Sexual harassment, ranging from verbal to physical, impacts the lives of more than 99 percent of Egyptian women according to the United Nations.
Since its release, the documentary has won several awards. The latest significant award was at the San Francisco Arab Film Festival 2016, where the People’s Girls won the ‘Best Documentary Short’ award.