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The Square (2013)

Al midan (original title)
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.

Director:

Jehane Noujaim
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ahmed Hassan ... Self - Revolutionary
Khalid Abdalla ... Self - Revolutionary
Magdy Ashour Magdy Ashour ... Self - Revolutionary
Ramy Essam ... Self - Revolutionary
Buthayna Kamel Buthayna Kamel
Aydah El-Kashef ... Self - Revolutionary (as Aida El Kashef)
Ragia Omran Ragia Omran ... Self - 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 Salama Ahmed Salama ... Self
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Storyline

'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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battle | See All (1) »

Taglines:

The people demand the downfall of the regime.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Ahmed Hassan - Revolutionary: The Brotherhood wanted Parliament, and they took it. They wanted the upper house, and they took it. Now, they took the presidency. What else is left?
Revolutionary: Nothing.
Ahmed Hassan - Revolutionary: Then this is the end of the Brotherhood.
Revolutionary: How so? That's ridiculous. They're controlling everthing now. How can you say we will topple the Brotherhood?
Ahmed Hassan - Revolutionary: The more they control, the more people will hate them.
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Connections

Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Not only is it accurate, but it brings pride to the Martyrs of the revolution
20 January 2014 | by bling77See all my reviews

As both an Egyptian and a Filmmaker, I could not have been more proud of this title. The Square is a MUST SEE documentary. which takes you from the very beginning of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, until recent events that occurred throughout the past three years.

The Square focuses on a perspective that didn't have it's voice in the mainstream media, the liberal perspective. A point of view that basically initiated the Egyptian revolution. It's ambition doesn't necessarily focus on appointing a new leader nor a new constitution. But on how an Egyptian were dismissing the needs of another Egyptian for their own political interests. Although Director Jehane Noujaim showed the various different perspectives on the revolution, she succeeded on finding the ultimate common interest that led to the downfall of The Mubarak Regime, The Supreme Court of Armed Forces and last but not least, The Muslim Brotherhood.

The style of filmmaking and editing also contribute heavily on the film. The way the story transitions through music and art was spectacular. This proves what an individual can do with a camera.

The awards that went to this movie doesn't even give it justice. But the movie itself gives justice to the people of Egypt and to those who lost their souls fighting for it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Egypt | USA

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,359, 27 October 2013

Gross USA:

$124,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,244
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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