That the Egyptian revolution of early 2011 was launched via Facebook is just one of the many extraordinary aspects of the whirlwind movement that effectively ended the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
The long-simmering events that led to this astounding sea change plus the phases of the rebellion are laid out in absorbing, you-are-there fashion in the documentary "Uprising."
Writer-director Fredrik Stanton combines archival news clips, frontline footage and interviews with an articulate cross-section of the revolution's activists, participants and observers as he efficiently recounts this landmark chapter of the "Arab Spring."
A notable array of academics, analysts, journalists, former ambassadors and even a busy Egyptian actor ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen's" Amr Waked) also offer cogent perspective. A talk with Ayman Nour, a 2005 Egyptian presidential candidate (he placed a distant second to Mubarak) and subsequent political prisoner, is particularly chilling.