The Square (Trailer)
This Oscar-nominated documentary follows the trajectory of several Tahrir Square protestors who took part in the first 18 days of the 2011 revolution, as they continued to participate in demonstrations and sit-ins following the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak until the removal of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The documentary reveals the dramatic struggles and challenges these friends from different walks of life faced in a shared quest to build a better Egypt in the aftermath of dictatorship. We see also how these characters changed over time, and how their perspectives of the revolution and experiences of street politics shaped their lives and their relationships with one another. The film was originally released in January 2013 but was updated to include the removal from power of Mohamed Morsi and ends with the brutal massacre of Muslim Brotherhood protestors in the summer of 2013. In this way, the film leaves the future of Egypt’s revolution up in the air. It was not screened in Egypt. It is available through video-streaming service Netflix.
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Jehane Noujaim, “The Square (Trailer),” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed May 18, 2021, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/125.