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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.

Director:

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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Color

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: 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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Helpful for understanding the ousting of Mubarek and Morsi
11 December 2013 | by paulahumSee all my reviews

I saw this film months after the previous review. Obviously, the filmmakers went back and re-edited their work. The resulting film is powerful, insightful and helpful to those of us for whom "Egypt" conjures images of the pyramids.

This film shows very clearly how an idea of justice and government by the people can be co-opted by those who do not necessarily have the same goals. In the end, it also asks of us, the viewers, "What are you willing to do to change a situation?" It also points out that change doesn't happen quickly or easily. Most effectively, the story follows specific individuals and makes one care about how the outcome will effect them.

Americans, take note. Most of those who chanted "Yes, we can" meant "yes, HE can" and then expected the dirty work of change to be others' responsibility. This shows how hard change really is. Don't miss it.


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