NEW YORK -- Netflix has acquired the first-run rights to a documentary on the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square, signaling a new push by the subscription company to program movie premieres.
Netflix announced Monday that "The Square" will debut exclusively on Netflix early next year. Jehane Noujaim's documentary depicts the tumult of the Egyptian Revolution beginning in 2011.
"The Square" currently is playing in New York and Los Angeles theaters. The short theatrical run will qualify the film, an award-winner at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals, for Oscar consideration.
Netflix earlier tried to get into the first-run film distribution business with its indie label, Red Envelope. Several notable documentaries and independent films were co-produced by Netflix when it was just a DVD-by-mail business. But the company shuttered Red Enveloped in 2008.
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