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The Square

 

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. THE SQUARE is the real story of the the Egyptian Revolution told through the eyes of six different protesters.

Director: Jehane Noujaim
Year: 2013
Time: 95 min
Club Member Rating:
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(2013) on IMDb

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NPR review: Three Protesters, One ‘Square’

“If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background… The film is less a final reckoning than an exciting bulletin from the front lines of an unfinished revolution.”

Listen to the full story on NPR’s Fresh Air.

THE SQUARE, Egypt’s First Oscar Nominee, Blocked In Home Country

The people have been viewing the film through YouTube and illegal downloads. Roughly 1.5 million people have watched it online, estimates producer Karim Amer.

Read more on the Huffington Post.

The Five Stages of Egypt’s Revolution

Interesting article by Foreign Policy that discusses future possibilities for Egypt in light of the events already taken place.

How Jehane Noujaim Made the Year’s Most Dangerous Documentary

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim endured arrests and beatings to make her film.

In this Daily Beast interview, she talks about the most frightening moments while filming and why she decided to return to Cairo to film a new ending.

The New Republic essay:

“Egypt’s Heroic Protesters Bear Responsibility for the Mess that Followed: The incoherence of Tahrir Square’s activists”

Read the Washington Post review:

“An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics”

The Egypt Outside ‘The Square’

“Some of the same young Egyptians who protested alongside Noujaim’s activists now criticize what they see as the film’s rose-tinted bias and oversimplification of an ongoing revolutionary moment that is far from pure or straightforward.”

Read more on Al Jazeera.

Gallery: Revolution Graffiti

The 25 January Egyptian Revolution opened the floodgates for a wave of street art, which was impossible under Mubarak’s regime, where the Ministry of Culture controled all public expression.

After overthrowing Mubarak, decades of oppression and despair became optimism and energy, allowing people to explore new freedoms – including the right to make art.

Check out this gallery of street art.

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