Best Arab Spring Documentaries

A look at the best FREE Arab Spring documentaries.

What was the Arab Spring?

In the early 2010s, the Arab Spring began in Tunisia and spread across the Arab world as a response to corruption and economic stagnation. Following Tunisia's protests, five other countries were affected: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where either the rulers were ousted (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence took place, such as riots, civil wars, and insurgencies.
Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan experienced sustained street demonstrations. Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara also witnessed minor protests.

The importance of external versus internal factors to the protests' spread and success is contested. A way that governments attempt to inhibit protests is through social media. Many countries shut down certain websites or block Internet service completely in advance of major rallies.

It has also been said that governments accused content creators of unrelated crimes or shut down communication on Facebook or other social networks. As new protests appear in response to success stories shared by those taking place in other countries, social media has been heralded as the driving force behind the rapid spread of revolution throughout the world.

Best Arab Spring Documentaries

Here are the best Arab Spring documentaries ordered based on date of publishing:

1. Hotspots: Remembering The Arab Spring

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Duration 51:38
Date Published April 2, 2021
Views 8115+
Channel Sky News

A decade on, Sky's foreign correspondents Alex Crawford and Stuart Ramsay reflect on their coverage of the Arab Spring. They discuss their own painful and traumatic experiences of being involved in the story, which culminated in exclusive reporting of the collapse of Gaddafi's regime in Libya. Warning: this programme contains violent scenes viewers might find distressing - including images of serious injuries and dead bodies. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skynews Sky News videos are now available in Spanish here/Los

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2. What Did Egypt’s Arab Spring Achieve? | A Decade of Spring

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Duration 30:24
Date Published February 18, 2021
Views 89694+
Channel VICE News

At the end of 2010, Egypt had reached boiling point. What followed was a decade of upheaval — the toppling of Mubarak, democratic elections, a military coup, and the subsequent rollback of human rights — with a brutal crackdown on protesters. A decade later, has anything actually improved? Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo

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3. Egyptian women and the Arab Spring (2/2) | DW Documentary

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Duration 28:26
Date Published January 26, 2021
Views 27504+
Channel DW Documentary

It is 10 years since the Arab Spring shook the Arab world. In Egypt too, tens of thousands of women and men took to the streets to protest against the Mubarak regime, hoping to bring about political change. Yet shortly after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, women participating in public protests became targets of sexual and physical violence. Hend Nafea, Khadiga Hennawi and Mariam Kirollos refused to put up with it. The three women have campaigned tirelessly for the objectives of the Arab uprisings to include women, and to ensure that the slogan of "Bread, freedom and social justice for

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4. Egyptian women and the Arab Spring (1/2) | DW Documentary

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Duration 28:27
Date Published January 25, 2021
Views 59137+
Channel DW Documentary

It is 10 years since the Arab Spring shook the Arab world. In Egypt too, tens of thousands of women and men took to the streets to protest against the Mubarak regime, hoping to bring about political change. Yet shortly after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, women participating in public protests became targets of sexual and physical violence. Hend Nafea, Khadiga Hennawi and Mariam Kirollos refused to put up with it. The three women have campaigned tirelessly for the objectives of the Arab uprisings to include women, and to ensure that the slogan of "Bread, freedom and social justice for

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5. Ten years after the Arab Spring | The Listening Post

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Duration 26:11
Date Published December 19, 2020
Views 47014+
Channel Al Jazeera English

The wave of revolutions that came to be known as the Arab Spring began a decade ago - in December of 2010. Arabs mobilised in their millions in collective calls for democracy, justice and freedom of expression. Governments fell. Autocrats - names like Mubarak, Gaddafi, Ben Ali - went with them. In one country after another, Arabs were tasting freedom of expression for the first time. Voices that had been ignored or silenced were finally telling their own stories, driving their own revolutions. In this special edition of The Listening Post, we take a retrospective look at what happened in

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6. What happened after the Arab Spring? | Start Here

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Duration 07:25
Date Published December 17, 2020
Views 245465+
Channel Al Jazeera English

The Arab Spring got rid of autocrats and inspired millions. But ten years later people are wondering about the human cost. In Tunisia they managed to avoid war, bring in reforms and even find a way to heal. But is that enough to call Tunisia a success story? Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ #Al_Jazeera_English #Start_Here #Al_Jazeera_Digital_Shows

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7. Women in the Arab World | A Revolution in Four Seasons (Global Documentary) | Real Stories

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Duration 57:02
Date Published April 19, 2020
Views 22979+
Channel Real Stories

The Tunisian Revolution sparked the Arab Spring. But revolution was the easy part—as two women learned on the journey from protest to functioning government. Emna Ben Jemaa and Jawhara Ettis represent opposite sides of their country’s politics: One is a well-known journalist in the city, fighting for free speech. The other is a strict Islamist from a rural town, elected to help draft the new constitution. Despite their differences, both face the threat of extremists hijacking their fragile political process, and both Emna and Jawhara have to make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with their domestic environment.

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8. The Lust for Libya: How a Nation was Torn Apart | The Big Picture

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Duration 01:34:06
Date Published October 18, 2018
Views 379903+
Channel Al Jazeera English

Libya has been broken apart. Torn asunder by competing local, regional and international forces, its survival as a singular nation-state is under threat. Once Africa's wealthiest country with the continent's largest oil reserves and highest standard of living, Libya, liberated from a dictator's grip, is mired in a violent, internecine conflict that has left many of its people struggling for food, fuel and security. So how did it come to this? Libya is split between rival governments and conflicting centres of power – one in the east of the country and one in the west - each backed by militias

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9. Here's How the Arab Spring Started and How It Affected the World | History

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Duration 03:55
Date Published May 8, 2018
Views 699834+
Channel HISTORY

Learn how The Arab Spring started in Tunisia in 2011, causing a ripple effect of democratic demonstrations in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Discover how the use of technology helped spur on revolution, both good and bad. #HistoryChannel Subscribe for more HISTORY: http://histv.co/SubscribeHistoryYT Check out exclusive HISTORY content: Website - http://www.history.com /posts Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/History Twitter - https://twitter.com/history HISTORY Topical Video Season 1 Whether you're looking for more on American Revolution battles, WWII generals, architectural wonders, secrets of the ancient world, U.S. presidents, Civil War leaders, famous explorers or the stories behind your favorite holidays. HISTORY, now

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10. The impact of terrorism on tourism | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:31
Date Published July 20, 2017
Views 133660+
Channel DW Documentary

Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey: tourists to these countries are often targeted by terrorists. A climate of fear prevails and holidaymakers are staying away. Attacks on foreign tourists set off a disastrous chain reaction: first they bring fear, then the tourists stay away and the economy takes a nosedive, leading to job losses and more radicalization. Tourism sectors in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey have traditionally provided unskilled workers with jobs that allow them to feed their families. But with fears of terrorism affecting visitor numbers to Muslim countries, more and more people are unemployed and becoming desperate, with

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11. The Middle East's cold war, explained

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Duration 10:19
Date Published July 17, 2017
Views 15323627+
Channel Vox

How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East. Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab: http://bit.ly/video-lab The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy warfare. And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones, can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders. And that’s exactly what's happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight over influence, and the

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12. Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring - Full Video

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Duration 56:48
Date Published December 30, 2015
Views 4226+
Channel Free To Choose Network

Presented by the award-winning author and property-rights activist Hernando de Soto, this public television special presents, for the first time, the basic human and economic events that led to the Arab uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. The program shows that “The Arab Spring” was less a political event than it was about the coming of the industrial revolution to a region where over 90% of the population lives and works outside the rule of law. De Soto shows us that this informal economy is, however, the one common thread that can contribute to the region’s growth and

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13. THE SQUARE | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

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Duration 02:35
Date Published December 17, 2013
Views 604873+
Channel Netflix

A Netflix original documentary, "The Square" is a riveting, deeply human chronicle of the Egyptian protest movement from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Now Streaming http://www.netflix.com From director Jehane Noujaim ("Control Room"; "Startup.com"; "Rafea: Solar Mama") and producer Karim Amer ("Rafea: Solar Mama"), "The Square" follows Magdy, a member of the Muslim brotherhood, Khalid Abdalla, an Egyptian actor who played the lead in "The Kite Runner" and the charismatic Ahmed, each young activists who have sought for the last two years to build a better Egypt. Armed with nothing

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14. In Focus (Episode 1) - Arab Spring in Egypt & Tunisia

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Duration 21:07
Date Published January 15, 2013
Views 5809+
Channel Astro AWANI

In Focus is a documentary series that looks at social and current issues from the local and international scene, from a Malaysian perspective. This week, Zan Azlee visits Egypt and Tunisia to see how freedom of speech and street demonstrations have been affected after their Arab Spring revolutions.

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15. Gaddafi: The Endgame | State of Denial | Featured Documentaries

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Duration 47:16
Date Published December 23, 2011
Views 1164300+
Channel Al Jazeera English

Gaddafi: The Endgame - State of Denial State of Denial is the story of the fall of the Gaddafi regime as told by the insiders, defectors and military advisors who helped to bring it about. Written and directed by Anne Reevell of Moonbeam Films, the film offers a revealing behind-the-scenes account of a revolution, a slice of history in which people took back power. "The disintegration of the Gaddafi regime in Libya surprised and confused the world - not because it happened in the first place, but because Gaddafi's government remained convinced it could prevail - despite defections, NATO airstrikes

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16. How The Egyptian Revolution Lost Hope

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Duration 26:27
Date Published November 7, 2011
Views 39874+
Channel Journeyman Pictures

Revolution Hijacked (2011): As the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution approaches, this devastating investigation reveals how the popular revolution was derailed. For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/62760/short-films/revolution-hijacked.html A tyrannical government, repression in the air and violence on the streets. The revolution may be over, but with the army filling the void left by Mubarak little has changed in Egypt. "You know the army council is trying to kill the revolution",Bothaina Kamel, a presidential candidate, tells us. The army had promised elections in six months. Now it looks like they won't happen until at least 2013. "I never thought

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17. Absolute Power | The Arab Awakening

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Duration 46:18
Date Published May 26, 2011
Views 704626+
Channel Al Jazeera English

The Arab Awakening - Absolute Power As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this series of films document the Arab awakening, offering fresh insights into what happened and why. We go behind the scenes of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and explore the lives altered by these events, and speak to those who made them happen. The films piece together the jigsaw of events as they played out in the media, in the corridors of power and on the ground. We also look at the events and debate their place in history, global politics and everyday life. We

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18. Libya: Through the fire | The Arab Awakening

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Duration 47:37
Date Published May 6, 2011
Views 144658+
Channel Al Jazeera English

Arab Awakening - Libya: Through the fire - Featured Documentaries As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this series of films document the Arab awakening, offering fresh insights into what happened and why. We go behind the scenes of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and explore the lives altered by these events, and speak to those who made them happen. The films piece together the jigsaw of events as they played out in the media, in the corridors of power and on the ground. We also look at the events and debate their place in history, global politics

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19. Seeds of Revolution | The Arab awakening

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Duration 47:19
Date Published April 30, 2011
Views 204044+
Channel Al Jazeera English

The Arab awakening - Seeds of revolution As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this series of films document the Arab awakening, offering fresh insights into what happened and why. We go behind the scenes of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and explore the lives altered by these events, and speak to those who made them happen. The films piece together the jigsaw of events as they played out in the media, in the corridors of power and on the ground. We also look at the events and debate their place in history, global politics and everyday life.

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20. The Fall of Mubarak | The Arab Awakening

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Duration 23:36
Date Published April 19, 2011
Views 48692+
Channel Al Jazeera English

Arab Awakening - The fall of Mubarak As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this series of films document the Arab awakening, offering fresh insights into what happened and why. We go behind the scenes of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and explore the lives altered by these events, and speak to those who made them happen. The films piece together the jigsaw of events as they played out in the media, in the corridors of power and on the ground. We also look at the events and debate their place in history, global politics and everyday life.

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21. The End of a Dictator | The Arab Awakening

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Duration 48:02
Date Published April 8, 2011
Views 124903+
Channel Al Jazeera English

The Arab Awakening - The end of a dictator As protest and revolution shake the Arab world, this series of films document the Arab awakening, offering fresh insights into what happened and why. We go behind the scenes of the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions and explore the lives altered by these events, and speak to those who made them happen. The films piece together the jigsaw of events as they played out in the media, in the corridors of power and on the ground. We also look at the events and debate their place in history, global politics and

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