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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.

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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 Salama Ahmed Salama ... Himself
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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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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:

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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, 25 October 2013

Gross USA:

$124,244, 6 February 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Ahmed Hassan - Revolutionary: We're not looking for a leader as much as we're looking for a conscience. What is a leader anyway? Are they going to offer solutions from the heavens? They won't do that. The thing is, if we are able to create this conscience within the society, we'll be able to find a good president. We are not looking for a leader to rule us.
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Politics is not the same as revolution, and we are not good at this at all.
17 January 2014 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

The Square is a powerful movie with its focus on the quest for freedom and the desire to escape the prisons of oppression, violence, and evil leaders animated by merciless power and total disregard for human rights.

On and off between late 2010 and 2013, thousands of protesters against "injustice, corruption, poverty, ignorance" filled Tahrir Square in Cairo,

But it was not over when Mubarak was ousted as the military took control. The people once again marched to the square demanding civilian rule.

We see incredible footage of the people's occupation of Tahrir Square, the violent attacks on the protesters, and heated political arguments in the street as secular Muslims express their embarrassment at the religious-based oppression by the newly powerful Brotherhood.

This is a sharp warning to the powerful not to mess with the people that will resonate with anyone anywhere.


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