Jews of Egypt
Genre: Documentary | Director: Amir Ramses | Language: Arabic, French, English Subtitles | Length: 95 minutes | Country: Egypt | Year: 2013 | Rating: N/A
This documentary 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. It covers the prominent role of Egypt’s Jewish population in business and the arts in the first half of the 20th century and then discusses their expulsion in 1956. It is an attempt to understand the change in the identity of an Egyptian society that turned from a society full of tolerance and acceptance of one another into a society that rejects “the others.” Includes testimonials by exiled Egyptian Jews, most of whom lived in Paris; Mohamed Abu El-Ghar, the author of Jews of Egypt: From Prosperity to Diaspora as well as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who participated in an attack of Jewish shops in Egypt in 1947, and Esam Fawzi, a sociologist.