Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Square - extra credit.

The square is a documentary film directed by Jehane Noujaim. This documentary brings to light the ongoing revolution in Egypt which began in the summer of 2011. The film focuses on Tahrir square in Cario, Egypt, where a majority of the protest/revolution took place in the form of sit-ins. The revolution initially took place in-order to remove the dictator Hosin Mubarak. When Mubarak took office he put a state of emergency in Egypt which brought forth insane and extreme laws which basically took away the basic rights of Egypt's citizens. Once Mubarak stepped down, the military took control who instead of helping made things worst & so did the other president Morsi.This film has many strengths and a few weakness. The biggest strength of this documentary is how the  filmmakers takes their audience in to the epicenter of the revolution and provides raw footage of the sit-in. The film makers also do an amazing job at providing raw footage without editing the violence, blood and brutality of the military against the people; giving a sense of how intense things were at Tahrir square. The only weakness I thought the film had was that it didn't shed light on the history of how all this mess began, I was a bit confused at the beginning to why the revolution was happening. The use of technology by the protestors played a crucial part in showing the world the awful conditions of Egypt.

After doing research on whats's happening in Egypt today I found that their current president ,Abdel Fattah el-sisi, has started to abuse his powers and has became a dictator. He has complete control over Egypt controlling the media, army and other basic services. This is the third president after Mubarak stepped down, who claimed he would change things in Egypt but instead made things worst. Egypt condition has improved alittle since the summer of 2011 when the revolution started but a lot still has to change and improve, making the revolution ongoing.  

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