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What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I’m not sure we’ll ever get closer than “The Square,” an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”).
The title refers to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where the Arab Spring of 2011 spontaneously coalesced, energized, and erupted, resulting in President Hosni Mubarak’s removal from power after 30 years of rule. But because the story has continued to evolve, dramatically so in recent months, Noujaim’s film is longer (by eight minutes) than when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago. The film’s tenor has changed, too. It now also shows what betrayal feels like, on all sides. A fierce, impassioned work of documentary impressionism.