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The Square (2013)

Al midan (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 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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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 Salama Ahmed Salama ... Himself
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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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UK | Egypt | USA

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Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (UK) See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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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From the Inside
1 February 2014 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This is the third of this year's five Oscar nominated documentaries I have seen, and thanks to the historic Texas Theatre, I'll get to see the last two as well. This one is directed by Cairo born and Harvard educated Jehane Noujaim. She sets out to capture the Egyption Revolution, as part of the Arab Spring, and now in it's third year. This is a look from inside the core of the revolution, not a washed-over CNN report.

It should first be noted that this revolution began as more of a protest. Citizens just fed up with the Mubarek regime began congregating in Tahrir Square in hopes of influencing change and a transition to a society of conscience. Ms. Noujaim and her multitude of cameras follows a hand full of these protesters and the changes that occur inside the revolution. These changes occur as Mubarek falls, the military takes over and betrays the movement, and then the Muslim Brotherhood takes control when Mohamed Morsi wins the election. This causes the loss of solidarity in the movement as it becomes clear that the Brotherhood consorted with the military to gain power, proving their mission was quite different.

One of the faces of the revolution is Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla who you might recognize from the fine 2007 film The Kite Runner. Abdalla speaks excellent English and is clearly passionate about the vision. His comments also drive home the difference in a protest and the politics of a true revolution. We only get a couple of on camera comments from government and military officials, but the real insight and spirit of the film is captured in the faces, words and actions of those involved in the sit-ins, despite the many violent attempts to shut them down.

The most staggering visual comes from an aerial view of Cairo as the camera captures the masses as they descend on the streets during the third uprising that we see. It's breathtaking and in stark contrast to the news reports we saw in the U.S. Unfortunately, there is still no resolution in this as Egypt is still in flux and preparing for yet another election. That brings even more power to the "in the moment" point of view that this film delivers. http://moviereviewsfromthedark.com/


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