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Al midan (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, History | 10 January 2014 (UK)
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A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

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Jehane Noujaim
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ahmed Hassan ... Himself - Revolutionary
Khalid Abdalla ... Himself - Revolutionary
Magdy Ashour Magdy Ashour ... Himself - Revolutionary
Ramy Essam ... Himself - Revolutionary
Buthayna Kamel Buthayna Kamel
Aida Elkashef ... Herself - Revolutionary (as Aida El Kashef)
Ragia Omran Ragia Omran ... Herself - Legal Advocate
Pierre Sioufi Pierre Sioufi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dina Abdullah Dina Abdullah
Dina Amer Dina Amer
Sarah Amer Sarah Amer ... (Assistant Producer / Media Coordinator)
Sherif Boray Sherif Boray
Khaled Nagy Khaled Nagy
Salma Saied Salma Saied
Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Saleh
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'The Square' is an intimate observational documentary that tells the real story of the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of six very different protesters. Starting in the tents of Tahrir in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak, we follow our characters on a 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 or in balance. Written by Anonymous

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The people demand the downfall of the regime.


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Country:

UK | Egypt | USA

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Square See more »

Filming Locations:

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,359, 25 October 2013

Gross USA:

$124,244, 6 February 2014
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1.85 : 1
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The film is both the first Kickstarter (crowd-sourced) film to be nominated for an Oscar, but it is also the first film released by Netflix to receive a nomination. See more »

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Ahmed Hassan - Revolutionary: The leaders play on top. The people pay the price for everything. The people always pay the price.
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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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A riveting call to arms for democratic ideals.
28 January 2014 | by nesfilmreviewsSee all my reviews

Director Jehane Noujaim delivers a riveting documentary with "The Square,"which manages to powerfully convey the chaos, complexity, and inherent dangers of a Revolutionary movement. The film boldly provides a perspective unattainable by journalists, and the activity recorded from 2011 to 2013 captures the passion and defiance of a movement first hand. The fight for a democratic Egypt is far from over, which is part of what makes the film so dynamic and riveting.

"The Square" is a documentary that traces the events of Egypt's Tahrir Square protests beginning in early 2011 when millions of people took to the streets to demand the removal of President/Dictator Hosni Mubarek, who held power for 30 years. However, when Mubarek is overthrown, the army steps in to temporarily take over the countries affairs, but does not follow through with their promises to its citizens.

After a free and fair election, the military fascist dictatorship is essentially replaced by a religious fascist dictatorship under President Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Once again, the protesters unite and return to the Square to face a violent military oppression. It's a harrowing narrative of people twice betrayed: once by the army and again by militant Islamists who insist on a constitution based on religion instead of secularism.

Noujaim tells the story primarily through focusing on three activists, all of whom are friends. A charismatic, young artist named Ahmed Hassan, a British accented actor- turned activist Khalid Abdalla ("United 93"and "The Kite Runner"), and a family man Magdy Ashour, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who finds his loyalties to his friends tested. The film's storyline follows the revolutionaries through the euphoria of victory, followed with the uncertainties and dangers while under military rule that threatens the politics of democracy.

"The Square" documents the promise and hope of a better future at the beginning, but by the end, you are left with an overwhelming sense of opportunities lost. While a more detailed back story of political maneuvering would have provided welcome context, its implications for the future are extraordinary. The revolution is a work in progress, a rebellion against an oppressive regime, and a call to arms for true democratic ideals. Informative international media outlets are few, and international news rarely generates much interest in the US. Ever more so it's the courageous filmmakers recording history with hand-held cameras that are filling the void.


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