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Review: The Square

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by Sharon Abella
October 30, 2013 1:53 PM
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Jehane Noujaim's "The Square"

The Square opened on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Film Forum  in New York City and will open on November 1st in Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinemas and the Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse 7. 

We have all heard, read, and possibly even know someone who has visited Tahrir Square over the past few years, however, this 104 minute documentary is a MUST SEE for anyone who cares enough about world politics to obtain a better understanding for “the story of the revolution behind the headlines.”


Observe a group of Egyptian activists risking their lives fighting for the downfall of injustice, corruption, and regime(s) that they feel work against the people, in the hopes of building a future of conscience.

The goal in the first phase of the people’s revolution, which consisted of thousands of everyday Egyptians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, was to overthrow Egypt’s leader of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. While Mubarak expressed, “the youth will suffer the consequences,” after 18 days of protests, on February 11, 2011, the people got what they think they wanted, his resignation.

In the second phase, the protesters grew increasingly more unhappy, taking to the square once again, continuing to demand a new regime, as the armed forces (who took over after Mubarak stepped down), began to use extreme violence utilizing military tankers and bullets against them, while the M. Brotherhood began to influence voters in mosques.

Resolute, the people continued to fight back through photojournalism and social media, posting video footage on to YouTube. The people declared that they knew what they wanted and were not leaving the square until they got it. Short-lived, June 30, 2012 to July 3, 2013, the fifth president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, was also removed from office after mass protests, and now has to stand trial for accusations that he used violence against peaceful protesters.

“We are not looking for a leader to rule us, because everyone who went to Tahrir Square is a leader. We are looking for a conscience.”

After the fall of Morsi on July 3, 2013 many of the M.B. have been arrested, the security forces have destroyed the protesters camps, the Egyptian government ordered a state of emergency and imposed curfews (with the hopes of putting an end to the violence), while escalating religious militant violence continues in the Sinai region.

Resolution from the Revolution is necessary!

Originally published in One World Cinema


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