2013. Egypt/USA. Jehane Noujaim. 95 min.
Post-screening discussion with Noujaim and producer Karim Amer
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. Egypt/USA. Directed by Jehane Noujaim. This journalistic yet personal story follows the Egyptian revolution from its roots in Tahrir Square in 2011 through the summer of 2013, from the public protests demanding the ouster of President Mubarak to the army’s subsequent ouster of his successor, Mohammad Morsie, and the resulting actions for and against the Muslim Brotherhood. The idealistic dreams of a group of revolutionary friends, whose lives revolve around the protests at the Square, provide an up-close and personal portrait of the events. Ahmed Hassan, the main narrator, is a street-level activist; Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93) discusses events via video chats with his father, an exiled Egyptian dissident; Magdy Ashour is a father of four and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood; Aida El Kashef, among the first demonstrators to occupy Tahrir, is a filmmaker and human rights activist, and Ramy Essam is a singer and songwriter who became the bard of the uprising. The Square’s intimate, comprehensive approach to the events of the Eqyptian revolution has garnered public praise. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for World Cinematography in the documentary category. 95 min.