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Important notice

In light of the current challenges related to the coronavirus the film club committee has decided to cancel the rest of the Spring Season 2020. We hope to be back with a new season as usual in the autumn. In the meantime let us look after one another and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

(Al midan)

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Director: Jehane Noujaim
Egypt 2013
95 minutes
Cert: CLUB
 

 

This is an immersive and atmospheric documentary account of what it's like to be plunged into the revolutionary maelstrom of Tahrir Square: a world of passionate dedication and confusion; a torrent of YouTube testimony, shifting alliances and a mysterious sense that the army can go overnight from being the good guys to the bad guys and back again. Containing awe-inspiring overhead shots which show people swarming all over the city, the lesson is that only the mass physical presence can achieve dizzying (although short-term) gains. Simply retweeting revolutionary sentiment is not enough. This is a gripping story and it’s legacy is yet to be fully played out.

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