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“The Square” gets free release in Egypt via YouTube

Following in the footsteps of fellow Oscar-nominee The Act of Killing, the team behind The Square (pictured) are making the doc available for free in the country in which it was shot.
February 24, 2014

Following in the footsteps of fellow Oscar-nominee The Act of Killing, the team behind The Square (pictured) are making the doc available for free in the country in which it was shot.

The doc, directed by Jehane Noujaim and produced by Karim Amer, has been uploaded to YouTube and geo-blocked so that only people in Egypt can see the film.

The move comes with Egyptian authorities having attempted to ban the film, and echoes a similar approach taken by U.S. distributor Drafthouse Films, which teamed up with Vice Media to make Killing available in Indonesia.

Both films are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, alongside 20 Feet from Stardom, Dirty Wars and Cutie and the Boxer.

In a joint statement, the filmmakers behind the Egyptian doc said: “The Square was born out of Tahrir, and we were a collaboration of over 40 Egyptian filmmakers who made it.

“It was really important for us that Egyptians — the people who have sacrificed everything for this revolution — get to see the official Arabic version of the film at the same quality as the rest of the world. We were finally able to make it happen. So here it is. Hopefully we can watch it together in the square soon.”

  • Check out realscreen‘s interview with The Square‘s director and producer here.
  • Check out realscreen‘s interview with The Act of Killing‘s director here.
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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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