The Square

Rated NR 104 minutes 2014

This electrifying “guerrilla” documentary by Jehane Noujaim, maker of the incisive profile of the Al Jazeera network, Control Room, takes us to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo during the 2011 “Arab Spring” popular uprising against the Mubarak dictatorship – an unbelievable ringside seat to history in the making, shot on the run in digital. We meet the activists and the street hangers-on, get caught in the middle of riots, and learn, once again, that you can’t trust the army or the Islamic Brotherhood. We also get to observe, up close, the difficulty of establishing a democratic tradition in a society where there was none. One of the very best documentaries of 2013 (104 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Jehane Noujaim

Producer: Karim Amer, Daniel Catullo, Gavin Dougan, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Maxyne Franklin

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