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Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) was detained, had cameras destroyed and footage lost as she documented the Egyptian revolution for her film The Square. Noujaim and activist/actor Khalid Abdalla talk about the process of being inside a revolution as it's happening and using cameras 'as weapons' to tell the world their story.

Banner image: (L-R) Jehane Noujaim and Khalid Abdalla. Photo: Brandon Nightingale

Banter Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 48 SEC

Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.

- TV networks want advertisers to pay for delayed viewing on DVR up to a week after shows air.
- Netflix expands by acquiring rights to the documentary The Square. The streaming service picks up a first-run film with Oscar buzz.
- Netflix also plans to get into the superhero business with four news series from Marvel.

Main Topic Making 'The Square' 21 MIN, 59 SEC

The new documentary The Square gives a gritty, inspirational street-level view from inside the Egyptian uprising. Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and actor/activist Khalid Abdalla -- who appears in the movie -- talk about how and why they engage in the revolution whose hub has been in Cairo's Tahrir Square since January, 2011. Noujaim shot the film for over two years with little financial backing, and threats from the police and military. She premiered the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2013, where it won an Audience Award, but that version wasn't the full story. The revolutionaries were back in the streets demanding change. After the festival, Noujaim and her colleagues returned to Cairo to record the events of this year which led to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. They then recut the movie -- on the road out of the country so as not to have their footage taken. That version of the film is now in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and will be streamed on Netflix in January, 2014.

 

 

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'The Square's producer Karim Amer, director Jehane Noujaim and actor/activist Khalid Abdalla

 

 

 

Guests:
Jehane Noujaim, documentary filmmaker (@JehaneNoujaim)
Khalid Abdalla, actor and activist (@KhalidAbdalla)

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