Monday, December 1, 2014

The Square - Jess Miller

The Square
By: Jess Miller
     The documentary "The Square's" main point is heavily fixated on depicting the conditions of Egypt’s nonreligious population and it’s negative view of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in revolutionary protests.  This documentary was based upon Tahrir Square and wanting Mubarak out!  This was a time where the people could forget all of their political differences and come together as one. and succeed together. 
     I closely watched this documentary and I observed the way of the people.  How they act, talk and handle certain situations.  The film opts to show both the conservative and the more liberal sides, which then created a fair and equal representation of what these individuals stand for and why.  This film conveyed a nonbiased message to the people, therefore this film was very politically induced.  As many of the people in this video expresses, this was one of the first times in their lives where they couldn't be "silenced", they could express how they felt and feel happy about it.  The people were proud of the freedom they had developed that day, the social justice and the political reform.  They all reclaimed their freedom and didn't want to do anything but celebrate this.
     Being one of today's generation, I couldn't help but compare this historical movement to today's world.  There are things that I am able to compare to our generation, but then there are things that just don't even compare.  For instance, he violence.  The violence that took place in Egypt during trying to get Mubarak to resign.  According to The New York Times, many human rights advocates herein the U.S. say some members of the council may believe their contention that “foreign hands” are stirring up trouble in third world countries.  A weakness that the Tahrir Square people had to face was being so poor.  There were boys working at the ages of 7 and 8, paying their own bills and supporting themselves independently. 
     In the United States, Barak Obama expressed how disappointed he was with Mubarak's move in resigning.  "The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity" said Obama.  Therefore, from the time of the documentary, to now, it has changed because of the fact that Mubarak gave most of his power to his vice president and now Obama takes control of mostly everything.  The biggest challenges that the faced during this time was the challenge of money.  They were not well off and the children had to start working at the age if seven. 
     Also, social media did play a huge role in the uprising in Egypt.  For example, some deemed the Facebook or Twitter revolutions, the media focused heavily on young protesters mobilizing in the streets in political opposition, smartphones in hand. And since then, the violence has brought increased attention to the role of citizen journalism.  Joshua Wong was a student activist in Hong Kong and was apart of the pro-democracy movement.  He took an active role in society at a young age and he led protests against moral and national education.  I learned that Joshua Wong was actually arrested for being the leader of these organizations that took part in different protests, but he was then soon released afterwards. 
     The Square was a documentary that really opened my eyes to the difference between the U.S. and the third world countries and how we have completely different lives and lifestyles.  I learned a lot from this film and really enjoyed it, it was very enlightening.  

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