Netflix to exclusively debut The Square documentary

Parent Category: News | 05-11-2013

In early 2014, Netflix is planning to debut an original documentary entitled The Square, chronicling the Egyptian protest movement.

From director-producer Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer, the film was the winner of this year's Toronto International Film Festival Documentary People's Choice Award. It tells the behind-the-headlines story of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of young activists who have sought for the last two years to build a better Egypt.

The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013, providing a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of the events as they unfold before Magdy, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khalid Abdalla, the Egyptian actor who played the lead in The Kite Runner, and the charismatic Ahmed, whose poetic storytelling carries the narrative.

An earlier version of The Square won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also an Official Selection at the 2013 New York Film Festival.

"We are thrilled to be presenting an amazing film that brings to life in such a deeply human way one of the most important events of our time," said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary programming. "The Square is documentary film-making at the highest level a beautifully constructed chronicle of brave people struggling against insurmountable odds to make their country a much better place. One knows that history is unfolding on the screen before you."