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Directed by Jehane Noujaim

2013, in Arabic and English with English subtitles


95 minutes



The Square

Al midan

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and her crew spent 20 months shooting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, starting with the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak, whose overthrow resulted in the inauguration of Arab Spring. Filmed from the perspectives of six activists in the center of the protests, what emerges is a gripping, vivid verité portrait of events as they unfolded.

Following the documentary's premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the filmmakers returned to Egypt to continue filming, with the new version described at its New York Film Festival screening nine months later as “cinema catching up with history-in-the-making.” The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. 

“As thrilling and urgent as a film can be.” —The Wall Street Journal