No one should miss "The Square", a courageous, stunning documentary that follows real human beings "live" as they go through the 2011 uprising in Cairo's Tahrir Square, without knowing their own fates much less the fate of their revolution. Then, remarkably, once the dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has been overthrown, the same masses rise against his successor, the elected Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamad Morsi. As the film ends, still in real time, the audience will feel as close as possible in the confines of a movie theater to their lives being turned upside down.
With a vicious new military junta having hijacked the revolution and pressure building on President Barack Obama to officially call the latest catastrophe a coup, which would lead to a suspension of US military aid, this film could not be more timely. The new junta needs to know Americans are watching!
This film is one of the only times an audience will be able to experience a street revolution from the inside out. It's achieves the dramatic suspense of "The Battle of Algiers" without actors or a script.
Screenings start Friday at the Santa Monica Laemmle and Sundance Sunset Cinema at Crescent Heights and Sunset in Los Angeles.
Directed by Jehane Noujaim; directors of photography, Muhammad Hamdy, Ahmed Hassan, Ms. Noujaim and Cressida Trew; edited by Pedro Kos, Christopher Delatorre, Mohammad El Manasterly, Pierre Haberer and Stefan Ronowitz; produced by Karim Amer; In English and Arabic, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. This film is not rated. - New York Times