Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Details: 95 min, Egypt/USA, 2013
Filmmaker(s): Jehane Noujaim
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.
The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.
Director Jehane Noujaim will attend in person for Q&A with Robb Moss, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and director of SECRECY and THE SAME RIVER TWICE.
Jehane Noujaim, raised in Cairo, Egypt began her career as a photographer. Following a B.A. in Film and Philosophy at Harvard, Noujaim went on to produce and direct the award-winning documentaries STARTUP.COM (2001) and CONTROL ROOM (2004). She has worked in both in the U.S. and the Middle East.
“[A story] that has not yet been told with such rousing and heartbreaking clarity. Feels like a revelation.” – The New York Times
Special Support for this event is provided by the Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.
In collaboration with The New York Times, The DocYard will theatrically present one Op-Doc short prior to this feature screening. Op-Docs is the editorial department’s forum for short opinion-driven documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude by independent filmmakers, featuring thoughtful and outspoken commentary on issues big and small. Since launching in November 2011, the series is approaching its 100th Op-Doc. Curated by the Op-Docs Series Producer Jason Spingarn-Koff and The DocYard programmers.