Back to the Square


Five Stories from the Egyptian revolution

A year after the euphoria on Tahrir Square, the demonstrators’ goals have not even come close to being reached. The country is ruled with an iron fist and there is still no democracy. The ‘eye of the world’ has moved elsewhere. How things have been in Egypt since 25 January 2011 is explained using five portraits of people from various walks of life.

What have the sacrifices on Tahrir Square at the start of 2011 yielded? Unfortunately not a great deal, that much is apparent from the stories of five Egyptians involved, about six months after the historic revolution. A young horse herdsman tells how he drove to the square to ask for the pyramids to be opened again; he only just managed to survive that day. A taxi driver talks about his six years in prison, the torture, and how the police now behaves worse than ever. A young woman talks about intimidations and unjust arrests, which according to human rights lawyers are happening continuously. The young Salwa describes how she met her first love during the demonstrations. And then the brother of Michael Nabil: a blogger who was arrested because of his Internet comments and is now on hunger strike – he is followed on Tahrir Square during the protests that still continue against the ongoing violations of human rights.


Petr Lom

Torstein Grude

Petr Lom, Erik Andersson

Written by:
Petr Lom, Torstein Grude

Petr Lom


Wally Ragab
Mohamed Ragab
Sayyd Sayyd
Lamiz Ragab
Mohamed Nahas
Salwa El-Hossini
Mark Nabil
Maikel Nabil
Nabil Sanad

Production details

Original title
Back to The Square


83 min, 58 min.



DCP, HDCam, DigiBeta

Production company
Piraya Film, Lom Films

Production country
Norway, Canada

International Sales: Kudos Family / Festival Distribution: The Norwegian Film Institute


Awards & Festivals


2012 Nominated for Amnesty Award Closing Gala, Copenhagen International Film Festival

2012 Grand Jury Award, Guam International Film Festival

2012 Nominated for Prix Europa for Best European TV, Radio or Online production

2012 Honorable Mention, Documentary Competition, The Norwegian Short Film Festival

2012 Winner Amnesty International Award, Best Documentary, Planete Doc Review, Poland

2012 Winner Jury Prize, Hong Kong International Film Festival

2012 Nominee Retrospective Category, Movies That Matter, The Netherlands




2012 CPH:DOX, Denmark

2012 International Human Rights Film Festival Paris, France

2012 Motovun Film Festival, Croatia

2012 Nordic Panorama, Finland

2012 Tri-Continents South Africa

2012 Antenna Festival Sydney, Australia

2012 One World Kyrgyzstan

2012 Asiatica Filmmediale Rome, Italy

2012 Inconvenient Films Vilnius, Lithuania

2012 Leeds Film Festival, UK

2012 This Human World Vienna, Austria

2012 Literature in Autumn Vienna

2012 Mostra de Cinema Oriente Medio Brazil

2012 Dokufest Kosovo

2012 Festival des Libertés, Belgium

2012 Astra Film Festival, Romania

2012 Guam International Film Festival, USA

2012 International Documentary Film Festival of Erasmus Huis, Jakarta, Indonesia

2012 Kapittel Film, Norway

2012 Batumi International Film Festival, Georgia

2012 The Norwegian Short Film Festival

2012 Golden Apricot, 9th Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia

2012 Ismailia Film Festival, Egypt

2012 Lichter Film Festival Frankfurt, Germany

2012 One World in Brussels, Belgium

2012 Planete Doc Review, Warsaw, Poland

2012 Dokfest Munich, Germany

2012 Docaviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

2012 Hotdocs, Toronto, Canada

2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival

2012 Movies That Matter, NetherlandsRetrospect Category

2012 One World Film Festival, Prague – Opening Film

2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam – World Premiere




Wally in front of pyramides

Mark Nabil


Salwa Hosani


Mohamed Sayyd


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