The Square: New York Film Festival 2013

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New York Film Festival 2013: The Square

New York Film Festival 2013: The Square


This documentary about the recent political unrest in Egypt takes an edifyingly visceral you-are-there approach to its subject. Over two-and-a-half years, director Jehane Noujaim and her crew followed several protestors—from a fiery young street revolutionary to a loyalty-torn representative of the Muslim Brotherhood—as they gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. There they expressed their displeasure at the regimes of Hosni Mubarak and his even more corrupt successor, Mohamed Morsi, occasionally clashing with authorities and one another. Made up almost entirely of powerful front-line footage, the film provides a valuable on-the-ground glimpse into the lofty dreams and sobering realities of the Arab Spring. Click for showtimes.—Keith Uhlich

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