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5.0 out of 5 stars The World Of Egyptian Protestors, 15 Feb 2014
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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'The Square' is a documentary that provides us with the first one on one glimpse into the world of the Egyptian protestors, and the demonstration in Cairo in 2011. This is a first hand account by the characters involved in the demonstration. We saw it on TV, but we were given the US version of what was occurring. Now we have the first hand account of the Egyptian revolutionaries, themselves.

An amazing cast of real-life characters has come to tell Egypt's political story of the past three years. Taking to the streets to remove the dictator Hosni Mubarak, then to protest military rule and finally to rise up against the presidency of Mohamed Morsi. In the three years that this all occurred, the characters were full of the stuff revolutions are made of. The group who congregated on Tahrir Square shows us the sides of Egyptian society: religious, secular, progressive, conservative, working-class and elite.

Often these stories, the personal stories, were filled with fear and atrocities and what looked like mass demonstrations comes into focus. "The film's narrator, Ahmed Hassan, is a fiery man in his 20s who argues in defense of the ideals of the Tahrir revolution. The actor Khalid Abdalla, is the British-educated son of an exiled activist and consults with his father on tactics and goals. Magdy Ashour, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, at first opposes Mubarak because of the historic oppression of his fellow Islamists but comes to question the methods of the Brotherhood once it makes political deals with the Egyptian military. Ramy Essam, a singer who becomes the musical voice of the protests, is a warm, smiling presence who eventually comes under sadistic torture by police forces." The Guardian

We are reminded that revolution is less about outcomes than about a way of apprehending the world, per Abdalla. This film was actually filmed on the streets with the protesters. The Square" puts us into the center of all the discussions, the protests, the meetings the discussions of the revolution. We see these people address the issues important to them, finally understanding this revolution will be a long time coming, and it is not an easy fix. But the joy exhibited when Murbarak is forced out of office is wonderful to see. The understanding that The Brotherhood is not the answer, and, in reality another roadblock to democracy.

Soon, Egyptians begin voting on a draft constitution backed by the military-appointed government. This could pave the way for elections. Another step. A first hand glimpse at a region trying to come to terms with a new political way of thinking.

Recommended. prisrob 02-15-14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect piece of work, 23 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Square (DVD)
It's so real! I felt I was there ... very accurate and impartial. It made me cry! God bless Egypt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 July 2014
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Dr. Jeremy Gray (London UK) - See all my reviews
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Excellent film!
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