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This past Saturday, March 29th, I attended a wedding. An Italian man from my church was getting married to a woman he met on a mission’s trip. After hearing him talk about Italy so much, I expected to attend a traditional Italian wedding because the man who was getting married seemed to know much about his background and Italian weddings. But the groom had his own definition of a “traditional Italian wedding”: it was inviting any breathing Italian family member to the wedding. I could not really gather a lot of information from Italian culture from that wedding. I was supposed to use that as my global experience thinking that it would be really interesting to write about, but I did not learn much about anything from Italy except for the fact that Italian people really like cannolis. As my last minute resort, I decided to watch “The Square” on Netflix since it was put on the “Experience List” as a recommendation and that I really did not have any other choice other than to do this. I watched this at two in the afternoon today. The paragraph above explains the circumstance as to why I had to watch, yet again, another movie/ documentary. “The Square” is a documentary about an Egyptian revolution in Cairo, Egypt. It follows a group of revolutionaries going against their leaders and risking their lives to build a better future for Egypt. The film is titled “The Square” because it focuses on the uprising and aftermath in 2011 that took place in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The movie has been loved universally. When one watches the movie, they feel what the people in the movie feel. Although the movie is not appropriate for some people due to graphic content, the graphic content is what makes it so immersive. Noujaim, the director of the ... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Filmed on the streets with the protesters — the camera following them into meetings, bedrooms, hospitals and, always, back to the Cairo roundabout that comes to stand for so much — “The Square” puts the audience into the lifeblood and nervous system of a movement that shows no signs of defeat or demoralization. The Square” is altogether remarkable: elegantly shot and structured, but infused with rough, spontaneous energy; global in its consciousness but intimate in its approach; carefully pitched but emotionally wrenching; deeply troubling but ultimately exhilarating. Through watching this, I learned that although rebelling against authority is courageous, there is no pure happy ending. Although this film is a “feel-good” film, that does not mean that this film is not also realistic. Good things that come to people do not always happen in the most perfect way.

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