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Netflix Acquires Egyptian Protest Documentary 'The Square' (Video)


By Greg Gilman

Netflix has acquired Jehane Noujaim's Egyptian protest documentary "The Square," which will premiere exclusively on Netflix in early 2014, the streaming service announced on Monday.

The doc won the Toronto International Film Festival Documentary People's Choice Award earlier this year. It tells the behind-the-headlines story of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of young activists, including a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khalid Abdalla — an Egyptian actor who played the lead in "The Kite Runner" — and the charismatic Ahmed, whose poetic storytelling carries the narrative.

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The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

"Our dream for 'The Square' is to inspire the hearts of as many people as possible and by working with Netflix, we can insure the film reaches a wide and diverse audience," Noujaim said in a statement. "Nothing about the making of this film has followed the norms and that's what makes it exciting. It is crucial for us as filmmakers, who have shot a documentary about people risking and losing their lives for their beliefs, to create a spirit of possibility."

Watch the trailer below:

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