Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Square

Nurit Greenger | January8, 2014
A documentary by both Egypt born, director Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer, promoted by Netflix.

This is a story about Squarocracy, the Egyptian 21st century Revolution – of the years 2011-2013 - that has changed the country forever. (
Over the past two and a half years Egypt has been in an ongoing rollercoaster and the democracy people protested, some even died for, has not been achieved yet. Through the news, we only got glimpses of the millions who protested, the brutality they experienced, the frustrations they have faced and still face.  Millions of Egyptians took to the streets to topple first the political dictator Mubarak, who reigned for 30 years, and thereafter Morsi, who was freshly elected just a year ago. Within the space of three years the people of Egypt were successful in deposing two dictators, yet, they have not been able to establish a conscience democratic government, but they are optimistic.

Hailed as one of the best documentaries of this year, I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive screening of the film and meet its creators at the host's venue, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ted Sarandos, one of Netflix’s chiefs. The Square takes you directly into Tahrir Square, in Cairo, the podium from where the people of Egypt spoke and took action against those who, for decades, did not allow them to speak freely and stole much of their human rights and freedoms.
The docufilm follows a group of Egyptian activists as they risk their lives with one goal in mind, to build a society worthwhile.
The Square is drama full of authentic, intense and emotional stories behind the news. An inspiring story of people who came out to the streets, in the millions, to claim their rights.
Freedom is not free; you have to fight for it, it is a daily struggle.
You do not have to be educated and learned to know what you want. The people in Egypt proved it. They protested and demanded a change that will bring about a free Egyptian society.
As one Egyptian woman says in the movie, we are not looking for a leader; everyone who showed up in Tahrir Square was a leader. We are looking for [a leader with] conscience [to lead the country], could also be a Jew.
You want to learn how do you take stake in your future, go see The Square. We can all learn a great deal from it.
A note from the writer: Egypt is the largest country bordering Israel and has been a vicious enemy of the Jewish state. There is a lesson for Israelis to learn from the people of Egypt. People, not the government, not politicians own their country. The people in Egypt did not have a democratic rule of law to defend them so they used the SQUARE as their court of the people. They did not move from the Square till the villains denied them their rights were deposed, one after the other.
The time has come for the people of Israel to end being nice, the good guys. The radical Moslems Brotherhood hijacked the revolution of the Egyptian people and they were thrown out. USA president Obama and his emissary John Kerry have been using unacceptable means to hijack Israel's political discourse. That must end.
The people of Egypt know what is good for them, how come Israelis do not? Israel has a SQUARE too, it is called Rabin Square. What is with the Nation of Israel being scared to change their world just like the Egyptians changed theirs?
The Egyptian nation has begun shaping their future, no matter how fond Obama is of the Moslem Brotherhood.  Why Israelis cannot shape their history, oust Kerry and ACT according to, 'This Land Is Our Land, From The River To The Sea!

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