The square

The square

Original title: Al midan
Production: Noujaim Films; City Drive Films; Netflix; Maktube Productions
Country: United States
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Photography: Jehane Noujaim; Muhammad Hamdy; Ahmed Hassan; Cressida Trew
Music: Jonas Colstrup; H. Scott Salinas
Year: 2013
Duration: 108
Genre: Current affaires documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Arabic
Languages available: Arabic-English (mixed)
Subtitles: English


The Oscar nominated documentary depicts the ongoing Egyptian revolution and immerses the viewer in the intense emotional drama of young people on the streets of Cairo claiming their rights and creating a society of conscience. As two governments topple, the personal stories of freedom fighters unfold in an inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship.

The Square is a 2013 Egyptian-American documentary film by Jehane Noujaim which depicts the ongoing Egyptian Revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. It also won three Emmy Awards at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, out of four for which it was nominated.

Co-production between United States and Egypt.


Winner of 3 Primetime Emmy, at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 : Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming; Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming; and, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming

Winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize, at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014

Winner of an IDA Award, at the International Documentary Association 2013 : Best Feature

Winner of an Audience Award, at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 : World Cinema - Documentary

Winner of the People's Choice Award, at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Nominated to an Oscar, at the Academy Awards, USA 2014 : Best Documentary

Nominated to a Primetime Emmy, at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 : Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Nominated to a Humanitas Award, at the International Documentary Association 2013

Nominated to a Grand Jury Prize, at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 : World Cinema - Documentary


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