Sanaa Seif, one of many editors on 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square,” has been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for a protest that happened in June.
She was sentenced alongside 22 other defendants who were partaking in a peaceful protest in Cairo, decrying Egypt’s new anti-demonstration laws which Amnesty International calls “Draconian.”
“The Square” director Jehane Noujaim (who won the DGA Award in early 2014) told The Hollywood Reporter that “They were charged with protesting the protest law.” New Egypt laws enacted in November mandate that all political demonstrations (peaceful or not) must be approved by security forces. These came into effect in November.
Seif, whose brother Alaa Abd El-Fattah was sentence to 15 years in prison in June for protest, is allegedly not the only force behind “The Square” to be targeted by Egypt. Producer Karim Amer, at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival with Noujaim, told THR that the “Square” team has been accused of treason in the past: “They’re lining people up and accusing them of being enemies of the state or Mossad.”
The intense documentary, about revolution fomenting in Egypt, can be streamed on Netflix. Our Q&A with the team (including Karim Arem) is here.