The Square

The Square  {Al Midan}
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The Square
Al Midan
Egypt, 2013, 99 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
Topics: Documentary, Middle East, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: TIFF: People’s Choice (doc); IDA Award Best Feature

“The people demand the downfall of the regime!” This slogan echoed throughout Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the revolutionary fervor of the Arab Spring that gripped Egypt and enthralled the world. But who were the people shouting the slogan, what drew them to “The Square,” and, given the convoluted events that followed, what did it all mean, anyway?

These questions are addressed in the most cinematic way possible in Jehane Noujaim’s revelatory documentary. From Mubarak’s fall to the removal from power of Mohamed Morsi, The Square focuses mainly on the lives of three charismatic activists. No mere chronological recitation of events, The Square provides all the elements of a great movie: compelling, complex characters; a propulsive and unpredictable plot; a succession of eye-popping images; and, most important, an emotional core that connects with our own inner lives and gives the movie its universal appeal.

"[The Square] puts you in the center of the action to the extent that the protesters' passion is so contagious, it seems to leap off the screen and into your heart."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Winner: Audience Awards, Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Jehane Noujaim
Producer: Karim Amer
Editor: Christopher De La Torre, Mohamed el Manasterly, Pierre Haberer, Stefan Ronowicz, Pedro Kos
Cinematographer: Muhammad Hamdy, Ahmed Hassan, Cressida Trew
Music: H. Scott Salinas, Jonas Colstrup
Principal Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Aida Elkashef, Ramy Essam, Ahmed Hassan, Ragia Omran
Filmography: Rafea: Solar Mama (2012)
Storm from the South (2006)
Control Room (2004) (2001)
Print Source: Netflix

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