CAIRO: The 17th edition of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Short Screens kicked off on Tuesday and will continue until June 8, according to Al-Bawaba.
Egyptian director Amir Ramses’s documentary Jews of Egypt: End of a Journey will premier this year’s edition. The documentary is a sequel of his 2012 documentary, Jews of Egypt which was awarded in international festivals.
In his 2012 documentary, Ramses highlighted the key events that shaped the Egyptian Jewish community in the early 20th century, including the declaration of the state of Israel, the 1952 Revolution, and the 1956 tripartite military attack over Egypt led to the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.
The Eighth Wonder is another major Egyptian documentary scheduled to be displayed in this year’s edition of Ismailia Festival. It highlights saving and moving the Abu Simbel Temples while building the High Dam in 1960s in Aswan.
The move was carried out by UNESCO and the documentary screens the technique of dismantling and reassembling Abu Simbel Temples over higher land so that they are not submerged by the water of the River Nile during the construction of Aswan’s High Dam.
The film originally premiered in Berlin in 1974 but was subsequently lost from the Egyptian Documentary Film Archive. The last surviving copy was dedicated to the New Zealand Film Archive, which supervised the digitization of the print and sent it to the Ismailia Film Festival.
The Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts was launched first in 1998 under the jurisdiction of the National Cinema Center to continue afterwards as one of three film festivals coordinated by Egypt’s Ministry of Culture.
It became one of the most important events in the Middle East and Africa for documentary productions.