At the New York Film Festival, Tahrir: Liberation Square made its debut over the weekend. It is an almost minimalist documentary, about as far from Spurlock, Moore, or Burns as one can get and still be the same form. Italian film maker Stefano Savona stayed in Tahrir square during the Egyptian revolution of this last spring, eating and sleeping with the Egyptians who refused to leave by the thousands. He filmed all the while, and has produced this film as a documentary in the most literally sense of the word: it seeks to be a document with little in the way of voice over or background. It shows, what he saw.
There are a number of teasers for it, which amount to minute or two clips from the film, each a glimpse onto the ground level of what until now has been in most of our minds as fuzzy video shot from cell phone cameras. Here are two, and there are another pair on the website linked below. There what we would call a proper trailer, but that’s fitting for something so minimalist and unedited.
Tahrir hasn’t been picked up yet for any distribution, but reviews thus far out of the film festival have been glowing.
(source: Official Website)
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