2013 | Documentary | 108 minutes | Arabic with English subtitles
In the winter of 2011, thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand the removal of the dictatorial President Hosni Mubarak. They succeeded. But then in the summer of 2013 they continued their protests seeking the removal of Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi and his ultra-religious followers in the Muslim Brotherhood. Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim featured several individuals to highlight these momentous events: Ahmed Hassan was a working-class young man who was an articulate and vocal leader; Hassan’s friend, Khalid Abdallah, an actor, transmitted these events in video chats; Magdy Ashour was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a large, fanatical opposition group; Aida El Kashef, one of many filmmakers recording the protests; and Ramy Essam, a singer and songwriter who sang and composed songs about the uprising. It’s a vivid documentary demonstrating the fight of so many people for freedom in an oppressed, brutal dictatorship.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 84
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Documentary Feature
Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary
It received a perfect 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes
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THE SQUARE bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011. This documentary wouldn’t exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim.
An entrancing and sharply crafted view of the political changes that have convulsed Egypt since the onset of the Arab Spring. Noujaime’s chronicling of this recent history is brisk, mostly street-level and sometimes electrifying.
Ms. Noujaim and her team of brave, tireless camera operators—shooting at street level and from high-rise buildings above the square—capture the excitement of a mass movement finding its voice and feeling its potential.
THE SQUARE, about the popular uprising in Egypt that began with the 2011 overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, is a powerhouse documentary that takes us into the eyes of several storms.
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