The Square

Dir. Jehane Noujaim


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Director Jehane Noujaim
Completed 2013 Runtime 104



The Square is an intimate observational documentary that tells an immersive story of the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian Revolution. Beginning in the tents of Tahrir Square in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak and the departure of the international news cameras, we follow our characters on their life-changing journey through the euphoria of victory into the uncertainties and dangers of the current 'transitional period' under military rule, where everything they fought for is now under threat. They soon find the transformative power of their youthful idealism, which had toppled a dictator and inspired the world, confronting an embedded military power structure that has been ruling the country for over 60 years and a rising radical Islamic political power hijacking their revolution. While much of the world saw that the Egyptian Revolution had been won in February 2011, our characters had only just begun their struggle for the transformation of their nation.

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What people
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It's a gripping story and the fact that it isn't over only makes it more extraordinary.

The Guardian

Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

Washington Post
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