In February 2011, Egyptians—particularly young ones—showed the world the way people demanding change can drive an entire nation to transformation. The result was a profound movement toward democracy that is still evolving across the Arab world…
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The Square chronicles the ousting of Mubarak and the subsequent rise and fall of Mohammed Morsi in real time, through the eyes of a few Egyptian revolutionaries. The one thing missing is a female protagonist, but the people they do follow for the duration of the film are quite interesting characters I.e. the Muslim Brotherhood member who is torn between the competing visions of the revolutionaries and the MB.
A vital and vivid documentary chronicling the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square which toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak and was only the beginning of the struggle as the country was taken over by military rule, and the revolutionary movement co-opted by the Muslim Brotherhood to establish a Islamic regime led by Mohommad Morsi. Jehane Noujaim's filmmaking is urgent and passionate. The revolution will be televised.
"Tak[ing] [viewers] on an immensely moving emotional journey through hope, betrayal, perseverance and surpassing courage ... The Square is altogether remarkable: elegantly shot and structured but infused with rough, spontaneous energy; global in its consciousness but intimate in its approach; carefully pitched but emotionally wrenching; deeply troubling but ultimately exhilarating."-Ann Hornaday, Washington Post 4.5
The Square is such a phenomenal documentary piece that truly sticks with you long after finishing it. The ground-level style of filmmaking puts you right in all of the terrible action, even though you are always aware of how unaware you really are. An eye-opening companion to Winter On Fire.
A very wonderful documentary that covers the issue with care and even handedness. It doesn't matter whether you are an expert on the subject or completely in the dark, the film will enlighten you in some way. What this film truly excels at is the human element for the people on the ground, giving the gravity to it regardless of how many miles you are away from the events.
I've seen this three times and each times I am moved by the passion of the participants and their struggle. Particularly interesting is how the different perspectives/positions of the activists are engaged, come into conflict, and are worked out. Also the use of media in this struggle is very important. Each viewing becomes even more heartbreaking with the knowledge of what has happened since.
As a citizen of Republic of Turkey, we have been through the similiar but in a way different processes since 2013, Gezi Park protests. We are still demanding for justice and civil rights. I hope the best for Turkey, Egypt and all the middle easterners.