The Square (Al Midan)
World Documentary (Egypt)
English & Arabic with English Subtitles
While watching this film, I felt privileged for the freedom I have. However, I keep reflecting that the emphasis was on a freedom from something: economic oppression, religious persecution, oppressive governmental laws, and corruption. Yet, true freedom is a freedom for something, for others. Freedom is about self-giving love. The film progressed from the protestors being angry and passionate to growing in compassion for one another, their fellow democracy-dreamers, and those who were injured or killed. Freedom is a state of being, one that is internal first of all. But when there is external oppression and hindrance on freedom, the internal freedom of self cannot have full expression.
On a personal note, I sat on a bus with the director's mother and told her that I felt the film was very impressive. She said her daughter, Jehane, was nervous waiting for the audience's reactions at each of the screenings and she was pleased when she receive such a interested response. I told her I would be praying for her daughter and for their country.