African Films at Sundance 2013

3. Al Midan (The Square) | Jehane Noujaim (World Documentary) 

Al Midan or The Square is Jehane Noujaim‘s document of the events that preceded and followed January 11th, and is named for Tahrir Square, focal point of the Egyptian Revolution. From the looks of the trailer, the film captures the euphoria of the uprising, traces the events following Hosni Mubarak’s abdication and the ongoing struggle to reshape Egyptian governance and society. Al Midan probes Egypt’s fraught relationship with its for-profit (and sometime U.S. funded) military, noting along the way that ‘people with power do not give it up easily’. Screening in the midst of struggles over the constitution, news that Mubarak will be retried, and with ministers charged with embezzling public funds serving their sentences ‘in absentia’, this will hopefully offer insights into a complex and continually changing situation. For more information, visit the film’s website and Facebook page