Egyptian cameraman Mostafa Bahgat uses instincts for safety
At the heart of the Tahrir Square clashes in Egypt Mostafa Bahgat, a 31 year old film maker films whats happening so to lies of the state will not go unchallenged. He wants the Egyptians to think differently. Mostafa Bahgat stumbled into video journalism by accident while working as a moderator at Egyptian news outlet al-Masry al-Youm.
In early 2009 the multimedia desk wanted to cover a factory strike but was short of personnel; despite having no experience with a camcorder, Bahgat volunteered. "Since then, I haven't stopped," he grins.
Having witnessed the violence himself, Bahgat decided that footage shot by others failed to convey the real drama of the frontline, and resolved to do something about it.
"Much of the time I'm not even looking at the viewfinder; instead I'm glancing all around me, calculating what's going to happen next and whether or not I need to move," he says.
"My strongest tactic is to think back to when I was younger. As a child we jump, roll, hide and play all the time; it feels instinctive to move around in a creative way. Those instincts don't leave us, and now I know what I can use them for."
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