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The Square

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unflinching, violent, but excellent docu on Arab Spring.

Movie NR 2014 104 minutes
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This documentary is a gut-wrenching and eye-opening account of the Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo, Egypt, in February, 2011, as experienced by those who lived it. Camera-phone footage places the viewer in the heat of the victories and defeats of the revolution, through unflinching shots of those who were tortured by the military as well as of those fighting the police and military to bring about a real democracy to the people of Egypt. The result is an intensely riveting presentation of a country in the midst of great turmoil, as we get a profound sense of what's at stake for those engaged in the struggle to bring about a democratic government in Egypt.

Furthermore, The Square offers a fascinating glimpse into "people power" in the 21st century: how modern technology is used by activists to fight repressive dictatorships and to spread the word of what's actually happening in the streets to the international stage. For those interested in the power of idealism, of earnest and sustained protest in the face of brutal oppression, and in the events of Arab Spring, this movie is an absolute must-see.

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