Jews of Egypt

Posted: October 7, 2012 by Rex Brynen in Egypt, Jews from Arab countries

The trailer above is from filmmaker Amir Ramses’ new film Jews of Egypt, which was recently shown in Egypt as part of the Euro Film Week 2012 festival.

A documentary that captures fragments of the lives of the Egyptian Jewish community in the first half of the twentieth century until their second grand exodus after the tripartite attack of 1956 .. An attempt to understand the change in the identity of the Egyptian society that turned from a society full of tolerance and acceptance of one another .. and how it changed gradually by mixing religious and political views into a society that rejects the others .. a film about the cosmopolitan Egypt in the 40’s and Egypt in the new millennium .. how did the Jews of Egypt turn in the eyes of Egyptians from partners in the same country to enemies ..

You’ll find a very positive review in Variety Arabia here. One hopes that amid the attention generated by the current Israeli government campaign regarding forced displacement of Jews from Arab countries—a campaign in large part driven by a cynical effort to somehow offset legitimate Palestinian refugee claims—the significance of an Arab filmmaker addressing this subject in an Arab country is not lost.

h/t Nadim Shehadi

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