The Square

Lists: Documentary, Drama, Historical

Brief Synopsis: "The Square, a new film by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room; Rafea: Solar Mama), looks at the hard realities faced day-to-day by people working to build Egypt’s new democracy. Catapulting us into the action spread across 2011 and 2012, the film provides a kaleidoscopic, visceral experience of the struggle. Cairo’s Tahrir Square is the heart and soul of the film, which follows several young activists. Armed with values, determination, music, humor, an abundance of social media, and sheer obstinacy, they know that the thorny path to democracy only began with Hosni Mubarek’s fall. The life-and-death struggle between the people and the power of the state is still playing out."

Overall Ranking: 805 (Rank from 2013: # 31)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi88(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch76 - It's baffling to me how such a grassroots documentary that is so clearly "inside" the story can reveal so little that we didn't already know.

People Involved

  • Khalid Abdalla (Himself)
  • Dina Abdullah ()
  • Dina Amer ()
  • Magdy Ashour (Himself)
  • Ramy Essam (Himself)
  • Ahmed Hassan (Himself)
  • Jehane Noujaim (Director)