The Square (Al Midan)
The Square (Al Midan) (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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2015
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Consensus: The Square offers an electrifying -- and edifying -- ground-level glimpse of life inside a real-life political revolution.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

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Daniel Walber

Nothing short of literature

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Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail

If the resulting film is unwieldy - five editors, five "additional editors," and six assistant editors are credited - it also brims with angry urgency.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Noah Gittell
Washington City Paper

While it's significant as a historical document, The Square, simply by existing, also reminds us of how new media has begun to transform the way the world witnesses war and oppression.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The camera becomes a revolutionary: running, chasing, breathlessly jittery, up in the face of interrogators.

John Powers

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.

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Ray Pride

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.

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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… More
Sam Barnett
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… More
KJ Proulx
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… More
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'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… More
Matthew Slaven
Most importantly, "The Square" brings cohesion and clarity to the story of Egypt's ongoing revolution since the Arab Spring that began nearly 3… More
Walter M.
Whereas the documentary "Tahrir: Liberation Square" began and ended with the original protests that helped to unseat Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak… More