Egypt: Oscar nod for banned Egyptian film

20 January 2014

An acclaimed documentary about the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has become the first Egyptian-made film to be nominated for an Academy Award – but is still not being screened in the country.

Despite playing to rave reviews around the world, the film cannot be seen in Egypt because it has not passed the censors.

‘The Square’, directed by American-Egyptian filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, uses original footage to document the lives of a group of activists through the heady days of Egypt’s revolution to the military coup which deposed Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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