“I’m not sad for the martyr in you, but losing you hurts,” a weeping woman said in “The Square,” to her deceased daughter killed in an army attack on the Egyptian revolutionaries.
My heart filled up with overwhelming grief and tears trickled down my cheeks. In my head, I heard myself say the same words I said to myself ever so often, “There’s too much pain and suffering in this world.”
“The Square,” a documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim, depicted recent Egyptian revolutions through the eyes of revolutionaries, like Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla and Ramy Essam, who Noujaim followed around with her camera into their debate-heated homes, the tented Tahrir Square and the tear-gassed streets of Cairo.
“The Square” beautifully humanized the Egyptians by engrossing us in their personal journeys and built a bridge for us to connect with the perceived “other.”
For centuries, the East has been represented in