THE SQUARE

A CIFF 10 x 10 Film Event
 
The Story of Revolution Behind The Headlines.
 
From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the forced military removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience.
 
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing roller coaster. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of August 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is a truly immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters. The activists in our film are armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation. The film is made in a cinéma vérité style, giving us an up close view of revolution from the ground. New technologies show us that the voice of young people cannot be silenced in this digital age. Our characters are fighting an ancient war with new weapons.
 
This documentary takes us on a transformational journey into this historical revolution first hand through the eyes of both secular and Muslim Brotherhood protagonists, who once stood united with one another against a brutal regime. The audience watches as the country splits, and those who once ate together, slept next to each other, and joined forces in Tahrir Square to fight for dignity and social justice, are forced to stand opposite one another, divided by politics, on the streets of Cairo.

Director: Jehane Noujai

Egypt/USA | 2013 | NR | 104 min

2014 Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Feature!

Awards

Sundance Film Festival -­‐ Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary (2013)
Toronto International Film Festival -­‐ BlackBerry People's Choice Documentary Award (2013).
IDA Documentary Association-­‐ Best Feature Award (2013)
ArcLight Documentary Film Series -­‐ Jury Prize (2013)
Carmel Art and Film Festival -­‐ Best Documentary (2013)
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal -­‐ Opening film and Audience Award (2013)

 

OSCAR WORTHY ... A remarkable portrait of Egypt’s false dawns and worthy of its Oscar buzz." "The Square thrusts you right into the heart of the daily struggle they lived. - Time Magazine

Stunning! [A story] that has not yet been told with such rousing and heartbreaking clarity. Feels like a revelation. - The New York Times

In Jehane Noujaim's documentary The Square, the Egyptian revolution is finally explained in a clear, wonderfully intimate and non-­‐condescending way...a documentary we can all go back to again and again to better understand, empathize and identify with our Egyptian brothers and sisters. - The Huffington Post

 

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Show Dates & Times:

2/12/14 - Wednesday

7:00 pm,
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