The Square (Al Midan)

2013

The Square (Al Midan)

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The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.

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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

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Critic Reviews for The Square (Al Midan)

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (68)

  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • If the resulting film is unwieldy - five editors, five "additional editors," and six assistant editors are credited - it also brims with angry urgency.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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  • If you want to understand what's going on in Egypt right now - or simply love raw, in-depth documentaries - seek out Jehane Noujaim's dissection of a revolution.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Square (Al Midan)

  • Feb 15, 2016
    The direction is not flawless, with the camera constantly going out of focus, but this essential film remains an inspiring testament to the power of protests and the voice of the people, especially in times when rebellions ought to come up everywhere against abusive regimes.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2014
    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.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2014
    Netflix original-and Oscar nominated best documentary- The Square briefly follows the two Egyptian revolutions, and mainly the military regime. My main issue with this film, is that after nearly three years of footage there's nothing negative shown about the revolutionaries. While the military committed great injustices, I refuse to believe that these frustrated young men never committed violence. In the film they are painted as if they'd never hurt a fly. But as happens with deep bias the documentary does elicit some emotion, I was angered by the tank incident, and touched by the children's chant. There's nothing to enlightening about The Square, but it's worth watching to see the emotional battles of the young Egyptians pushing for change. I was pleased to see the dismay over the Muslim Brotherhood, I didn't know how rigged the election was, but immediately when I heard Morssi was elected, during summer 2012, I feared for Egypt's future.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2014
    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."
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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