The Square (2013)
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.(c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for The Square
Jehane Noujaim's ground-level account of the Arab Spring from 2011 to mid-2013 in Cairo's Tahrir Square has heart, wit, poetry and fire.
What does a revolution really feel like? You learn the answer in The Square, an extraordinary documentary that puts its cameras on the ground to take us in the heart of the troubled, betrayed, idealistic and sad movement for democracy in Egypt.
Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances.
The Square doesn't slack for a minute. Quite a voice. Quite a film...
The success, failures, and political wrangling of the rebellion is examined in great detail by a very brave group of filmmakers
If the resulting film is unwieldy - five editors, five "additional editors," and six assistant editors are credited - it also brims with angry urgency.
Jehane Noujaim recaptures the movement's spirit while exploring the realities of the post-revolution period in her fascinating new film, The Square.
The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators.
Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.
What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I'm not sure we'll ever get closer than "The Square," an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim.
If, like me, you watched all this on TV, the ongoing turmoil began to feel like a distant, abstract blur. Noujaim takes us inside this history by centering on three protesters, each from a different background.
It's an astonishingly intimate account of an ongoing revolution, seen from within the heart of historic social upheaval; alarming, uplifting, empowering.
As a reflection of the mood and struggles of those seeking democratic change it is immersive and visceral even if its up close and personal approach means that the political sphere is rendered in broad brushstroke terms.
Audience Reviews for The Square
For what it is, "The Square" will attract many viewers solely based on it's true display of young adults fighting for their right to freedom in many areas of life. The imagery is brutally realistic and almost made me look away. I give props to these guys for making such a touchy film, but they pulled it off. It is a bit boring, and much of the same questions are asked and answered multiple times, but it is a very effective film that will be in my head for a while. The imagery has scarred my brain. I just cannot believe how some people in the world behave. Overall, it is a well put together film that deserves it's nominations. Displayed first through Netflix, this opened the film to many viewers around the world. I honestly cannot recommend this film, and I will never watch it again, but I admired it.More
Most importantly, "The Square" brings cohesion and clarity to the story of Egypt's ongoing revolution since the Arab Spring that began nearly 3 years ago today. The film is structured into chapters of each power-shifting protest that has made its way into western media over the past few years, and we follow a few revolutionaries to get their perspectives on the reasons of each protest movement and their thoughts on the aftermath. Their words are as perceptive and inspirational as the footage shown of their fellow Egyptians, and by the end this documentary makes a cautionary and exciting case for both the future of Egypt and of ours as a global community. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "You will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be."More
Much like the events being documented, the film as a whole can feel frustratingly repetitive and disorganized, but there is no denying that the raw footage provided here is unprecedented.More
'The Square'. There won't be a braver, more important film this year. A world I can't believe exists in the same one I'm in.
I feared for these filmmakers' lives. Documenting what they did in highly volatile situations took a lot of courage. I turned away several times when the confronting, harrowing violence that is reality for those in Egypt hit the screen.
A most tragic cost to an ongoing revolution. The subjects at the heart of this documentary are all heroes.
The power of the Internet in conveying these events across the world gives me solace that YouTube isn't all cat videos and covers of songs.
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