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Tahrir: Liberation Square (2012)


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From facebook thumbs up to the battle of stones, a history of hope, fear, despair, anger, pride and elation, Tahrir is the real-time chronicle of the two most exciting weeks in the history of modern Egypt as lived by their protagonists. Since the 25th of January, together with thousands other Egyptian citizens, Noha, Ahmed and Elsayed have been involved in a massive movement of street protest for political freedom. By the end of the first week of urban guerrilla and brutal state reprisal it has


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The result may occasionally be more of a journalistic scrapbook than a Wisemanian all-points portrait.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The sociably close camerawork and vivid HD photography, which gains a kind of humid vibrance by night, foster the sense of being in the moment.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The variations are many, but the theme is as consistent as the crowd that grows and strengthens throughout Savona's inside, traditional, vérité portrait of the uprising...

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's an exhilarating, though unfocused, look at how the country reached its tipping point, one that feels unfiltered in ways both good and bad.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Stirringly in-your-face documentary about the Arab Spring revolution is a priceless historical, human document.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An absolutely breathtaking and politically committed chronicle of the events that continue to shake the Middle East. Documentary film-making at its pinnacle.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source:

A direct-cinema document of the Cairo protests that toppled Mubarak, Stefano Savona's film doesn't pretend that Egypt's resolution has yet won a lasting victory.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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This is January 30, 2011, the 6th day of protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo. You are there.

A lot of the success of being a journalist or a documentarian involves in being in the right place and the right time. That is especially true with the fascinating documentary "Tahrir: Liberation Square," as it captures a ground level view of events and what life was like in Tahrir Square(there are a few people who come and go through the days of footage) during those heady days, while occasionally providing crowd shots above the fray. In other words, you may learn a lot by reading and hearing about this but there is no substitute for seeing it as it unfolds.

While some may make a case for Facebook actually having a good use by giving it sole credit for the protests, the crowd was too diverse, reaching across generations, religions and regions, for such a simple explanation. What they have in common was their opposition to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, some even wishing him to die.(And they may soon get their wish.) This was the first time in thirty years that people in Egypt were free to discuss politics openly. While not exactly making future plans for their country, there are of course changes they would like to see while some history leaks through.(Mind the esoterica, but this got me thinking of Sandman #18, "Dream of a Thousand Cats" by Neil Gaiman.) But this was not a group of people that only talk and chant, as they also defended themselves from groups of thugs by using makeshift defenses and weapons, often by breaking up the very street beneath their feet.

Plus, this is the very rare documentary that sets the stage for a sequel. How about it, guys?
June 13, 2012
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