The SQUARE: Sundance Award Winning Film on the Egyptian Revolution

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5 ft by 2.5 ft piece of a graffiti wall painted by Ammar Abo Bakr.What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go to fight for the future of their country?

A former TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim, who I met years ago at the TED Conference, is now working on a new film, one she was jailed for.

Meet the director of Control Room, Startup.com, the TEDprize inspired Pangea Day and now – THE SQUARE (made with so many other inspiring and amazing collaborators). 

THE SQUARE is a film about a group of young Egyptians brought together by a revolution, who find a new sense of hope for their country. THE SQUARE celebrates the process of a truly democratic movement as it unfolds in real time.

The revolution is far from over, we still have a lot of work to do to complete our film the way we want to.

They are definitely off to a great start!

The team won the World Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2013, but their mission to inspire the world is just beginning.

Jehane and her team are currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for another 2.5 days so help if you can. Here’s the link to support them in any way you can to help them finish the film.

  • They hope to raise the funds to return to the edit for 6 to 8 weeks to incorporate fully the recent events unfolding, to complete a full score for the film, and to finish with a sound and color mix that will make the experience as powerful in the theater as it was in the street.

It’s been two years since they began this incredible project, which will contribute to spreading the voice of freedom and democracy – of hope and of progress.

As they say in the film, “No one can tell our stories except for us.” They are duty-bound to ensure that the story of Tahrir Square is told by the people who lived it.

A note from their team: 

The movement in Tahrir Square started with a small group of people who believed in something enough to turn it into a reality. Not only is that belief is at the core to what makes a revolution.

Support for the film will help them bring this film across the finish line- scoring the film, supporting post-production facilities, editing, and the continued filming of current events in Egypt…all things that take this film to the next level.

As they also say in the film, “One inch we gain today will be worth miles down the road.”

Here’s a bit of the trailer:

Above image: 5 ft by 2.5 ft piece of a graffiti wall painted by Ammar Abo Bakr.

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