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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Julia Bacha — “Naila and the Uprising”

“Naila and the Uprising”

Julia Bacha is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker, media strategist, and the Creative Director at Just Vision. Her credits include “Encounter Point,” “Budrus,” and “My Neighbourhood.” Bacha’s work has been screened at Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca Film Festivals, broadcast on the BBC, HBO, and Al Jazeera, and shared with Palestinian refugee camps and the U.S. Congress.

“Naila and the Uprising” will premiere at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 12.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jb: “Naila and the Uprising” is about the courage of women’s leadership and the power of nonviolent resistance in the struggle for freedom, dignity, and equality. It follows Naila Ayesh, a young woman in Gaza who, when a national uprising breaks out, is forced to make a choice between love, family, and freedom. She embraces all three in a story that is both tragic and hopeful.

The film is framed by the First Intifada of the late 1980s, and Naila’s story serves as a window into the clandestine network of women who organized the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history.

“Naila and the Uprising” uses evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage to bring out of anonymity the courageous women activists who fought a simultaneous struggle for national liberation and gender equality.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jb: For over a decade, whenever I’ve asked Palestinian grassroots leaders about the models of inspiration that they draw on, they’ve consistently pointed me towards the First Intifada.

I knew after years of filmmaking in the region that, broadly speaking, the historical memory of the First Intifada had been clouded by a mainstream media narrative that simplified the uprising with images of stone-throwing Palestinian youth, Molotov cocktails, and burning tires. But I didn’t understand the extent of that misleading narrative until our team at Just Vision, for whom I’m the Creative Director, began digging deeper.

I was captivated by what we learned: that women played a key leadership role in a strategic and disciplined nonviolent movement, and that most of their stories had never been told. We knew we had the chance to tell a really crucial story.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Jb: My hope is that audiences walk away with a more holistic understanding not only of the First Intifada, but also of social movements around the world.

One thing that’s jumped out at me while making films in Palestine and Israel is that the media often overlooks nonviolent organizing, even when it makes up the bulk of organizing. Even more so, women who stand at the frontlines are often made invisible in media narratives and historical accounts. That’s a theme we took on in “Budrus,” our 2009 documentary about a village’s nonviolent campaign to save their community from destruction.

“Naila and the Uprising” follows these themes, unearthing a remarkable story of women’s leadership and nonviolent organizing. My hope is that audiences will walk away with a more complete picture of the First Intifada and of Palestinian and Israeli organizing aimed at a rights-respecting future for everyone.

But I also hope they see the implications beyond the region, recognizing that we each hold a responsibility to look beyond the headlines to amplify women’s leadership and nonviolent organizing in social movements around the world.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Jb: Going back 30 years to make visible a story that was largely invisible at the time is a logistical and creative challenge. We set out to re-tell the story of the First Intifada from the perspective of the women who had guided it through its most disciplined and strategic stage. But we wanted to do it in a way that captured the exhilaration, fear, and inspiration that the women experienced at the time.

There was some visual documentation of the work they had done, but very little. There was even less of their personal journeys. Our archivists did an amazing job of doing really deep research to unearth every single instance of media coverage of women’s organizing from the time, and we illustrated the more intimate moments of their personal struggles with animation.

Piecing those together while honoring the courage and resilience of the film’s protagonists was by far the biggest challenge, and also the greatest joy.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Jb: We raised funding for the film from Just Vision’s community of supporters, which is comprised of private and public foundations, family foundations, and individuals who are passionate about film, human rights, conflict resolution, social justice, the Middle East, women’s rights, and independent news.

I feel incredibly lucky to have such a strong community of supporters for this work.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Doc NYC?

Jb: It feels like we’re coming full circle by having our world premiere at Doc NYC. We pitched “Naila and the Uprising” back when it was still an untitled film at last year’s Pitch Perfect at Doc NYC, and won best pitch. That recognition, from some people who I deeply admire, gave us a huge boost.

Plus, as a documentarian living in NYC, there’s really no better festival for a world premiere. We’re pretty humbled to be here and excited about the community we’ll be sharing the film with.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Jb: The best advice is a well-known editing mantra passed down to me from Jehane Noujaim: One idea per scene. We worked together on “Control Room” and I’ve repeated that phrase since more times than I can count.

I can’t remember any specific bad advice, which probably is a good sign. It means the advice either disappeared after some trial and error or that I willfully cleared it out of my mind.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Jb: If you merely want to be a filmmaker, don’t do it. But if you need to be a filmmaker, start by finding people that you trust and love working with. It’s a really hard road and it can’t be done without a supportive community.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Jb: “Stories We Tell” by Sarah Polley. It’s brilliant storytelling, gorgeously shot, and so brave.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Jb: Like other systemic issues, female representation in the film industry is not going to change overnight. I believe we are going to see real change over decades, not years. I don’t mean this to be discouraging, I just think it’s realistic.

If we don’t do all the work we’re doing — and more — then we’ll not only not improve, we’ll risk losing the gains we’ve made. Still, when I see that Doc NYC has more than 40 percent of its films directed by women, I can’t deny it makes me feel excited to be among them.

Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Julia Bacha — “Naila and the Uprising” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Julia Bacha’s Doc “Naila and the Uprising” Acquired by Fork Films, Will Air on PBS

“Naila and the Uprising”: Fork Films

“Naila and the Uprising” has found a home. Julia Bacha’s most recent project, a documentary about nonviolent Palestinian movement the First Intifada, has been nabbed by Fork Films and Thirteen/Wnet, Deadline reports. The Just Vision film will air on PBS in 2018 as part of the network’s four-part Women, War & Peace II series.

The documentary centers on Naila Ayesh, a Palestinian woman from Gaza who faces “an impossible choice between love, family, and freedom,” its synopsis details. Naila ends up “joining a clandestine network of Palestinian women who shake the Israeli occupation and put Palestinians on the map for the first time.”

An unfinished version of “Naila and the Uprising” screened earlier this year at the Athena Film Festival, the annual celebration of women onscreen and off co-founded by Women and Hollywood founder/publisher Melissa Silverstein.

Born in Brazil, Bacha is a writer, director, editor, and cinematographer. Her credits include “My Neighbourhood,” “Budrus,” “Encounter Point,” and “Control Room.” She serves as creative director at Just Vision, an organization dedicated to ending the occupation in Palestine and achieving peace between Palestine and Israel.

“Naila and the Uprising” will screen at Doc NYC on November 12 and make its international debut at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam later the same month.

Julia Bacha’s Doc “Naila and the Uprising” Acquired by Fork Films, Will Air on PBS was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker’s Unlocking the Cage

Not everyone in the docu community is fortunate enough to roll at Alex Gibney or Amy Berg-like speeds. Similar to our off-target crystal ball prognostications of Yance Ford’s Strong Island, we’re also celebrating a third year prediction for this game-changing docu to break into the socially conscious film festival. With all signs finally pointing towards a 2016 release (they’re currently working on the score) Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s will surely stir up crowds with Unlocking the Cage – in essence a doc on the last remaining frontier by docu pioneers.

Gist: Follows attorney Steve Wise’s fight to give animals personhood rights and break down the legal wall separating them from humans.

Production Co./Producers: Rosadel Varela (Control Room). Executive Producer: Frazer Pennebaker (King of Pastry).

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition or Non-Comp Documentary Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

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Top 50 modern movie documentaries

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50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full.
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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs,
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The Square - Oscar-nominated Documentary on Egyptian Uprising

I met recently with Jehane Noujaim, Director / Cinematographer (also Director of Control Room, Startup.com, Rafea: Solar Mama ) and Karim Amer Producer / Sound Recordist.

They are here in La in advance of the Oscars which they will attend.

Jehane and Karim have lived both in the Us and Egypt and have family in Egypt. Jehane was arrested more than once during production and was jailed. She said it was a terrifying experience.

They began filming when the occupation and mass demonstrations against the government began in Tahrir Square.

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.

The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

To quote the young participants - "We go to the square to discover that we love life outside it, and to discover that our love for life is resistance."

The camera became a revolutionary weapon.

The young revolutionaries in the film are armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation forever from dictators.

The film is made in a cinéma vérité style, giving us an up-close view of revolution from the ground. I've never seen such an historical piece shot in such an intimate way.

New technologies show us that the voice of young people cannot be silenced in this digital age. Our characters are fighting an ancient war with new weapons.

Featured in the film, Khalid and Aida co-founded Mosireen, a collective of individuals turning their cameras towards those in authority to hold them accountable for their actions in the square and beyond.

While the film's characters put their lives on the line to battle the largest standing army in the Middle East with nothing but stones, we as filmmakers were right behind them with our cameras. By living with our characters for nearly three years, the crew, especially Jehane and Karim, were also able to capture the personal sacrifices behind the headlines.

I had a long roaming discussion with Jehane and Karim about their film (which I liked and was very moved by) about Egyptian and world politics and the meaning of the movement depicted in the Square and how it fits and what it means to the world political movements happening now.

They spoke freely so the below quotes can be attributed to either of them or both. I know we all agreed to these sentiments.

"Today in Ukraine and Venezuela people feel they are not authors of their own future. Via the internet they, the Egyptian people and particularly the youth begin to see beyond their national boundaries and become self actualized. The sea of people becomes the power. Very contagious feeling. In the past Egypt had no culture of resistance. When the revolution in the streets began in Egypt went to the streets to create something different from the status quo. If previously society was shaped like a pyramid with all power at the top the new vision was of society as flat - the Square was flat and the masses were there. Egypt has so many problems. There is extreme pollution, bad water, an escalating gap between the rich and poor, steadily increasing cost of living and especially during the last 10 years all kinds of abuses from the Mubarek family. We think in this period the internet opened eyes in Egypt and especially to the mass of youth who then went to the Square by the hundreds of thousands and also throughout Egypt."

They have Us distribution from Netflix. I recommend you see this remarkable film which will help your understanding not just of Egypt but of today's world.
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Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón Takes Home Top Honors From Directors Guild of America

Another Oscar pre-cursor award was handed out Saturday night.

Director Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Gravity. This top honor puts him in a good spot to win the Academy Award for Best Director on Oscar Sunday, March 2. The awards for 2013 were announced during the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Other DGA nominees were Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave); David O. Russell (American Hustle); and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

With just five weeks until the Oscars are announced from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, 12 Years A Slave, which tied with Gravity last Saturday to earn the top award at the Producers Guild, seems to be in a three-way race with American Hustle which took home the Screen Actors Guild award last weekend.

As Oscar pundit
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Women Filmmakers Dominate Directors Guild Documentary Awards Nominations

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013, and three of those honored are women! Yay!

The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 25 for the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner. Here's your complete nominations list:

Zachary Heinzerling

Cutie and the Boxer

Radius TWC

Ex Lion Tamer

Cine Mosaic

This is Mr. Heinzerling.s first DGA Award nomination.

Jehane Noujaim

The Square

Netflix

Participant Media

Noujaim Films

Maktube Productions

Worldview Entertainment

Roast Beef Productions

This is Ms. Noujaim.s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

Joshua Oppenheimer

The Act of Killing

Final Cut for Real Aps

Drafthouse Films

Piraya Films

Novaya Zemlya Ltd.

Spring Films Ltd.

This is Mr. Oppenheimer.s first DGA Award nomination.
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Directors Guild Taps Five Documentary Nominees

Directors Guild Taps Five Documentary Nominees
The Directors Guild of America has selected Zachary Heinzerling for “Cutie and the Boxer,” Jehane Noujaim for “The Square,” Joshua Oppenheimer for “The Act of Killing,” Sarah Polley for “Stories We Tell” and Lucy Walker for “The Crash Reel” as nominees for its award for top feature documentary.

The five are all among the 15 finalists for this year’s documentary Oscar. The five Oscar noms will be announced Thursday.

It’s the first DGA nomination for Oppenheimer, Polley, Heinzerling and Walker. It’s the third DGA nod for Noujaim, who won in 2001 with Chris Hegedus for “Startup.com.”

The Act of Killing” won the top documentary award at Cinema Eye and “The Square” won the top prize in December at the International Documentary Association’s Ida Awards.

The winner will be announced at the DGA’s awards ceremonies on Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza. The DGA has already announced nominees in the feature and TV categories.
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The Square review: power from the people

This is history firsthand, in progress, and unfinished. An invaluable record of revolutionary spirit, and of the lengths to which a threatened leadership will go to preserve itself. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We watched it on the news, but we never got the full story. (We never do.) On and off between late 2010 and 2013, thousands of protesters against “injustice, corruption, poverty, ignorance” filled Tahrir Square in Cairo, first demanding that despotic leader Hosni Mubarak step down, then to push for the change that the army leadership that took over promised and hadn’t delivered, then for free and fair elections, then against the even more dictatorial Mohammed Morsi, who won an election and granted himself pharaohic powers beyond what even Mubarak had. The fight for a democratic Egypt is far from over, which
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The Square Review

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It’s the eleventh of February in Cairo, Egypt, 2011, and something’s in the air. Countless thousands have gathered for days to protest against the nefarious regime of President Mubarak in Tahrir Square, a nondescript public space transformed into a bustling hub of revolution. Later in the day, Mubarak steps down from his presidency, allowing Egypt some room to breathe and any number of bright new possibilities for its future. This cathartic opening for Jehane Noujaim’s latest film feels like a conventional finish for a more run-of-the-mill documentary, where the struggles of an entire country coalesce into one defining moment of resolution. But if we place ourselves in the present of 2014, it’s painfully clear that Egypt is still nowhere near achieving the democracy it deserves, and this is simply the beginning of an uprising as blood-flecked and tear-ridden as any that came before it – and Noujaim documents it
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Egyptian Protest Movement Documentary The Square to Premiere on Netflix January 17th

Netflix has announced a premiere date for the well-received documentary The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room), the film chronicles the Tahrir Square protest movement in Egypt from the overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The pic appears to be a gripping look at the movement from the frontlines, capturing the immediacy and intensity from all angles. The Square picked up the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it will now be available for all to see when it premieres on Netflix January 17th at 12:01 am Pt. For a better idea of what to expect, watch the trailer for The Square after the jump. Here’s the official synopsis for The Square: The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through
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Watch: Netflix's New Trailer For 'The Square,' Which Will Be Released in Theaters and On The Streaming Service in January

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Watch: Netflix's New Trailer For 'The Square,' Which Will Be Released in Theaters and On The Streaming Service in January
Jehane Noujaim's "The Square" was the first documentary to be acquired by Netflix -- the streaming service launched its original documentary strand in November, and has since picked up kids' golf competition film "The Short Game," which is already live on the site, and Romney profile "Mitt" for an online debut a week after its premiere at Sundance next month. "The Square," which will premiere January 17, 2014 at 3:01am Et in all Netflix territories as well as in theaters in select cities within the United States, is the film on which Netflix has pinned its Oscar hopes. In it, Noujaim ("Control Room") chronicles the Egyptian Revolution and ongoing struggle within the country, with the filmmaker having substantially updated and reworked the film since it first premiered at Sundance 2013. Take a look at Netflix's new trailer for the doc below.
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Kaleidoscope moves into The Square

The Oscar-shortlisted film will be released in July 2014.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment has acquired Oscar-shortlisted documentary The Square for UK distribution.

The film, from Control Room director Jehane Noujaim, tells the story of the Egyptian Revolution. From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year-long dictatorship, through military rule, and culminating with the army’s removal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s president in the summer of 2013, it follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience.

The film was recently shortlisted for best documentary at the Oscars and has won prizes at Toronto, Sundance, and The Hamptons film festivals. It will be released theatrically in the UK from January 9, to coincide with the third anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution which takes place later in the month.

Digital release is scheduled for July 17, 2014, followed by home entertainment on July 21, 2014.

Spencer Pollard, CEO of Kaleidoscope, said: “We are
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s Unlocking the Cage

If they grace the festival with their presence, it would be like having the Beatles show up (Frederick Wiseman is our Elvis). Legendary docu-team Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker haven’t presented a doc film at the fest since 1987′s Jimi Plays Monterey (Update: they actually showed up in back-to-back years with Startup.com (2001) and Only the Strong Survive) and the pair have participated as jurors/panelists as well. Their new project, which received some coin via the 2013 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, is a hot topic issue/last frontier, that may be aligned with Sundance’s unwritten mandate for docu films that push social boundaries.

Gist: Renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise wants to break through the legal wall that separates animals and humans. His lawsuit, the first of its kind, will demand the most basic of personhood rights – those of bodily integrity and liberty – for an animal of a
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Netflix Hit the Pavement…Jehane Noujaim’s The Square to Preem on VOD

While documenting the downfall of a regime via the protest’s core viewfinder certainly provides for some raw nuggets of docu gold material, knowing that the conflict is forever-changing, constantly evolving and hard to summarize in two hours runtime meant that The Square, which favorably premiered at Sundance back in January, and then received an update/modes for it’s fall fest showings at Tiff and Nyff was a little like coming across a week-old newspaper which is why (via Scren Daily) Jehane Noujaim’s doc might play best via an on-demand route. Netflix just inked a deal that in my estimation is the ideal supporting venue for it. An early 2014 is being prepped.

Gist: The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years (2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and the ousting in 2013 of Mohammed Morsi) through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle,
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Netflix dives into documentary business with 'The Square' (Video)

Netflix original documentary “The Square,” a riveting, deeply human chronicle of the Egyptian protest movement from director-producer Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”; “Startup.com”; “Rafea: Solar Mama”) and producer Karim Amer (“Rafea: Solar Mama”), will premiere exclusively on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available in early 2014. Winner of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Documentary People’s Choice Award, “The Square” is an epic documentary that tells the behind-the-headlines story of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of young activists who have sought for the last two years to build a better Egypt. from Netflix The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through
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Netflix Acquires Its First Original Documentary: 'The Square'

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Netflix Acquires Its First Original Documentary: 'The Square'
We're all familiar with Netflix's original series, and the streaming giant has also been rolling out comedy specials (like "Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive") and acquired shows (like Gillian Anderson crime drama "The Fall"). While the company's expressed interest in getting into the business of movie-making as well, first it'll be launching an initiative of original doc programming, starting with "The Square," from "Control Room" director Jehane Noujaim. Netflix officially announced the acquisition of "The Square" today, and plans for an early, exclusive 2014 premiere on the service in all territories. The documentary is currently in the midst of an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run, which means that the Emmys aren't the only awards Netflix could be making its way into. "The Square" is an interesting choice for Netflix to run with as its first doc acquisition. Having premiered and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film, which is about the Egyptian Revolution.
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Netflix Acquires Its First Major Original Documentary: ‘The Square’

Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 4, 2013 — Netflix original documentary “The Square,” a riveting, deeply human chronicle of the Egyptian protest movement from director-producer Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”; “Startup.com”; “Rafea: Solar Mama”) and producer Karim Amer (“Rafea: Solar Mama”), will premiere exclusively on the world’s leading Internet TV network in all territories where Netflix is available in early 2014. Winner of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Documentary People’s Choice Award, “The Square” is an epic documentary that tells the behind-the-headlines story of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of young activists who have sought for the last two years to build a better Egypt. The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013, providing a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of the events as they unfold before Magdy, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,
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Netflix Acquires Oscar Doc Contender 'The Square'

Netflix Acquires Oscar Doc Contender 'The Square'
Netflix has acquired rights to The Square, marking the first major acquisition for its original documentary initiative. The documentary, directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room), looks at the protests in Tahrir Square amid the political upheaval that has been ongoing in Egypt over the past two years.  The title is considered a leading contender for this year's best documentary feature Oscar. It premiered in January at Sundance, where it nabbed the World Cinema audience award for a documentary. It also picked up the People's Choice documentary award in Toronto and screened last month at the New York Film Festival. Film Review:

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