CAIRO -- An acclaimed documentary tracing the dramatic arc of Egypt’s uprising against
“The Square,” Egyptian American director
The documentary was to have had its Egypt premiere at an international film festival in Cairo in December, but the filmmakers said they had received Egyptian authorities' censorship approval for a previous cut, not the current one, so they decided not to screen it. The film went through several major edits as its makers struggled to keep up with the cascading pace of political events in Egypt.
Thursday's nomination came nine days before the three-year anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising centered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, which culminated in Mubarak stepping down on Feb. 11, 2011.
After the nomination was announced, Noujaim tweeted that "The Square" was dedicated to "the blood, hopes and dreams of Egyptians whose power and beauty and courage we saw in Tahrir."
In the aftermath of Mubarak’s departure, a military-led temporary administration took over, followed by Islamist