Niall Blackie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hugely powerful and moving documentary looking at the revolutionary movements that have taken place in Egypt over the last few years, and how they have been a catalyst for change.
Focussing on just a handful of demonstrators, the film looks at why they are protesting and the effects it can have on their lifes. The film makers take you right to the heart of the action; while people are throwing rocks at the police, you are right there with them. This helps enormously as you build a close bond with those involved and start to feel you are almost there with them. This is a great device to get the viewers interested and captivated by what is going on.
I can definitely see why this garnered an Oscar nomination. I also feel it would have been more deserving a winner than 20 Feet From Stardom; which while good, is not quite as good as this.