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 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, Khalid Abdalla, an Egyptian actor who played the lead in “The Kite Runner” and the charismatic Ahmed, whose poetic storytelling carries the narrative. Armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, deep consciousness, and a resolute commitment to change, these young revolutionaries give us a front-line perspective of the ongoing struggle fought with new weapons.