A great film is one that captures the mood of the times, spinning stories out of societal joys and sorrows, the highs and lows of a community, upheavals, revolutions and wars.
A great movie festival is one that enriches its programme with such cinema. The third edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival has been smart enough to weave into its selections movies on or inspired by the Arab Spring.
On the Road to Downtown is one. Its director, Sherif El Bendary, was one demonstrator among the hundreds of thousands of people who marched on the streets of Cairo in January, demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.