A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film chronicles the history-making revolution in Egypt -- starting in 2011 -- that captivated the world with scenes of courage and freedom in the face of violent opposition.
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- Jehane Noujaim
- This movie is
- DVD and streaming
- 2014 Academy Award®
- Best Documentary Feature nominee
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Square is a 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary that places the viewer in the heat of the moment of the "Arab Spring" uprising in Egypt in 2011 and that it shows the continued struggles of the protestors as they try to bring democracy to their country. Camera phones and YouTube footage, as well as interviews with protestors, feature prominently in this movie, and, as such, there are frequent scenes of violent clashes between protestors and the police as well as the military. There are graphic images of beatings. Family members are shown mourning over the murdered bodies of loved ones. There's also frequent profanity, including "f--k." The documentary is an unflinching and sometimes gruesome documentation of the injuries, torture, and killing that went on during this time. For teens and parents, this film is an incredible testament to the power of modern technology -- smartphones, social media, YouTube -- to bring about long-overdue revolution, and it should inspire edifying discussion on how these protestors used these tools.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Filmed in the heat of the moment of violent antigovernment demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, this film features numerous scenes of people rioting against the police and military. Protestors show scars they've received as the result of brutal torture. There are graphic images of beatings from police and military. Family members are shown mourning over the murdered bodies of loved ones. In one scene, a man killed during a violent protest is shown being dragged by the arm by a member of the military.
- Frequent profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," and "motherf--ker."
- Social Behavior
- This film shows the power of committed idealism in the face of brutal government oppression.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some people smoke cigarettes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it