The 60’s fight for Civil Rights in America was a long, bloody, dehumanizing fight that resulted in equal rights for all races in America. Even though some strides and progress has been achieved, today in 2014, there is still a long way to go. Nowadays, the LGBT/Transgender community fights for equal rights regarding marriage, health care and so much more.
On the other side of the world a film digitally documenting unrest was in the midst of being born. “The Square”, one of this year’s Oscar nominated documentaries give us a bird’s eye view of of how young revolutionaries and the Muslim Brotherhood bonded together in Tahrir Square and accomplished change during the Egyptian Revolution. This revolution began in 2011 and lasted straight through summer of 2013 and was documented through the eyes of the young people behind the scenes and on the front lines.
It was mind blowing to watch how such a peaceful demonstration on the behalf of the Mubarak and Morsi regimes and the Egyptian/Muslim people turned into a bloody, violent mess. In the end, neither side got what they wanted. The regime was left with a country divided by hate and the people ended up with a country being run by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The entire journey was fascinating, yet horrifying to watch. Although most of the demonstrations regularly ceased around July and August, the residual tension between the two groups still exists.
Watch the announcement of the winner LIVE on ABC during the 86th Annual Academy Awards! To watch this film now, it is available on Netflix.