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The Square

Al Midan

Directed by Jehane Noujaim
Egypt, United States, 2013
  • Arabic
  • English
Human Rights Watch Film Festival


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…

Our take

We’re proud to continue our partnership with Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which is dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. One of the essential highlights of their curation is this passionate, clear-eyed documentary that is now an invaluable capsule of the tumult of the Arab Spring.

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Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Amnesty International Film Prize

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Documentary (Audience Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary

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