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‘The Square’ misses out on Oscar, wins hearts and minds across the globe

‘The Square’ misses out on Oscar, wins hearts and minds across the globe

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The Square (El-Midan), the first Egyptian film to be nominated for an award at the Oscars, has missed out on the award despite great support and passion from many across the world. The film had been nominated for “Best Documentary Feature” along with the winner 20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, and Dirty Wars.

Members of The Square film team attended the Oscars and represented Egypt for the first time at the prestigious awards. Despite immense support from Egypt and abroad, the film missed out on the award, but still won the hearts and minds of many across the globe: from activists and average cinema-goers to movie critics and academics.

Following 20 Feet From Stardom’s win, The Square congratulated the winner and tweeted “Our Oscars story may be over but the story of Egypt and The Square goes on.” The official Twitter account also stated “Tonight always was and will be a triumph for Egypt’s struggle for dignity and freedom. We will continue to tell our stories!”

The Square was shown on the streets during protests in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Square was shown on the streets during protests in Kiev, Ukraine.

Meanwhile, one of the prominent activists featured in The Square, Khalid Abdalla, tweeted “Our cinema is growing. One day soon Arabic will be spoken on that stage and we are the generation who will make that happen in a way we own.”

The Square was one of three Arabic-language films to be nominated for Oscars. However, both the Yemeni ‘Karama Has No Walls’ and the Palestinian ‘Omar’ also missed out on the highly contested awards.

Nevertheless, Twitter users have highlighted that despite not winning an award, the films have won over millions across the globe and honoured their countries and cultures.

Despite being present at the Academy Awards, The Square has yet to be released in Egypt. According to the film’s team, the documentary has not yet received permission to be screened.

Members of The Square's team on the red carpet.
Members of The Square’s team on the red carpet.

Below are a series of Tweets and reactions to The Square’s nomination:

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