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On Jan. 25, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets of their country to demand that President Hosni Mubarak step down. He had been in power for 30 years, and his countrymen were not happy with the way things were going.
What started as a peaceful gathering in the streets of Cairo's Tahrir Square turned into 18 days of protests by more than a million citizens and resulted in more than 800 deaths.
On the one year anniversary of the beginning of Egypt's revolution, HBO2 debuts "In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution." The documentary's cameras followed Egyptian-American journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous as he reported from the protests, giving viewers an intimate, street-level view of what the Egyptians experienced.
"Mubarak stole money. He stacked up the money. The people have nothing to eat," one woman angrily told the cameras.
Things quickly turned ugly when on the fourth day of protests, Mubarak sent forces to attack the demonstrators. Watch how the violence begins to escalate in this sneak peek provided to msnbc.com by HBO:
Despite the danger and violence, the cameras continued to roll and followed the Egyptians' fight through to the very end, when the people finally got what they wanted on Feb. 11, 2011: Mubarek's resignation.
"In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinisihed Revolution" airs at 8 p.m. on Jan. 25 on HBO2.
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