06. DSC_0085-10The Tanzeem Group was honored to host and run logistics for American actor Holt McCallany during his recent trip to Cairo, where he met with human rights victims and defenders.

Here are some of the news clips from his trip accompanied by some amazing photos by @JonathanRashad:

Daily News Egypt – Actor Holt McCallany Visits Cairo: American actor visits Egypt to shed light on situation.

… McCallany also did not hold back on speaking truthfully about the US position towards Egypt during the 2011 Revolution: ‘We were very embarrassed in the United States because of the length of time the government took to recognise that the Mubarak era is over. We have a tendency to go to places like Iraq in 2003 under false pretences and use phony justifications. There is an inherent conflict for us in the United States that we want to be perceived as promoting democracy and we also want people in power that will protect our strategic interests.’

 

McCallany in the bedroom of slain April 6 member Gika.

McCallany in the bedroom of slain April 6 member Gika.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Actor McCallany finds harsh reality in Egypt.

… After meeting with other activists, the actor speculates that the Brotherhood has ‘squandered in six months’ the political goodwill it amassed over 80 years. “People can see that they are not doing anything. Bread, freedom and social justice are not luxuries,” he says, quoting a popular Egyptian revolutionary chant. “They are essential for human survival…”

 

eniGma – Hollywood with a conscious… could be the only American actor to ever visit Bulaq…

Holt enigma grab-tiff

 

… We went to Bulaq to meet with the family of a young man who is coincidentally named Mohamed Morsi… sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating a curfew which, from my understanding, was largely ignored by everyone in Egypt. In the U.S., a 16 year old boy is considered a juvenile and cannot be sentenced to 15 years under any circumstances… I felt this is a tremendous injustice and I was so sorry for his family, particularly his mother. She is completely veiled and all I could were her eyes, but I could see the tremendous sadness that she felt. That family has been through a lot of pain…

Full eniGma story here: 58-59-HoltMcCallany copy

McCallany, who was named an honorary Tahrir Bodyguard, with civil society activist Rawda Saeed.

McCallany, who was named an honorary Tahrir Bodyguard, with civil society activist Rawda Saeed.

Khalid El Nabawy, Holt McCallany, Bassem Youssef, and Ahmed Maher.

Khalid El Nabawy, Holt McCallany, Bassem Youssef, and Ahmed Maher.

McCallany with Bassem Youssef and his extraordinary team of writers.

McCallany with Bassem Youssef and his extraordinary team of writers.

McCallany at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies with activists Rawda Saeed and Hafsa Halawa.

McCallany at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies with activists Rawda Saeed and Hafsa Halawa.

Meeting with the family of 17 year old Mohamed Morsi from Boulaq, sentenced to 15 years by a military trial for breaking curfew.

Meeting with the family of 17 year old Mohamed Morsi from Boulaq, sentenced to 15 years by a military trial for breaking curfew.

 

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