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Port Said (Egypt) Soccer Stadium Massacre Will Be Subject Of Upcoming Feature Documentary

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 11, 2012 1:46 PM
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The February 2012 Port Said soccer stadium (in Port Said, Egyptmassacre that saw 79+ men dead and thousands more injured, will be the subject of a new documentary feature to be directed by award-winning Egyptian filmmaker Wael Omar, via his Middle West Films production banner.

The proposed 80-minute film, currently titled The Day I Stop Chanting Is The Day I’ll Be Dead, will...

... spotlight the Ultras, the legendary extremist fans of Cairo’s Al Ahly soccer club who comprised most of the victims.

The Port Said Stadium disaster was a mass attack that occurred on February 1, 2012 in Port Said Stadium in Port Said, Egypt, following an Egyptian premier league football match between the Al-Masry and Al-Ahly clubs. At least 79 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured after thousands of Al-Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands, following a 3–1 victory by Al-Masry.

Al-Masry fans violently attacked Al-Ahly fans, and also the club's fleeing players, using knives, swords, clubs, stones, bottles, and fireworks as weapons, in what was widely seen as a politically motivated attack.

"This film is my attempt to understand the Arab spring on my own terms... Things really started to hit me hard after the football fans became one of the most active parts of the Egyptian freedom movement," director Omar told Screen Daily.

Since that fatal event, there have been no professional football matches played in Egypt.

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