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Juifs d'Egypte : un sujet tabou (2 vidéos)

Juifs d'Egypte : un sujet tabou (2 vidéos) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Depuis quelques semaines, le documentaire ''Jews of Egypt'' (''Juifs d'Egypte''), réalisé par Amir Ramses, défraie la chronique. Si sa projection en avant première, l'automne dernier, a été un succès, sa sortie officielle en salle, mercredi 27 mars, fait déjà débat, car le film a bien failli être interdit par les autorités égyptiennes.

 

''Jews of Egypt'' retrace l'histoire de la communauté juive égyptienne, forcée de quitter le pays après la déclaration d'indépendance en 1948 et suite à la crise du Canal de Suez avec Israël en 1956. Le réalisateur s'est entretenu avec des juifs égyptiens exilés en Europe ainsi que les rares représentants de la communauté restés en Égypte. L'objectif était notamment de montrer qu'avant l'indépendance, la société égyptienne était beaucoup plus tolérante qu'actuellement où le mot juif à tendance à être systématiquement associé à ''sioniste'' ou ''ennemi''. Un reportage de Marion Touboul et Ahmed Hassan Sami pour ARTE Journal

 

Plus: http://www.arte.tv/fr/juifs-d-egypte-un-sujet-tabou/7410324.html

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"Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sensible dans un pays déchiré

"Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sensible dans un pays déchiré | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

D'abord interdit par les services de sécurité égyptiens, il sera finalement projeté dans les salles de cinéma. "Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sur la communauté juive de l'ancien pays des pharaons, devrait pouvoir sortir au cinéma, en Égypte, le 27 mars, a annoncé mercredi son réalisateur, Amir Ramses.

"'Juifs d'Egypte' (sortira) le 27 mars au cinéma, nous avons gagné la guerre contre la Sécurité nationale. Nous avons eu le permis", s'est réjoui le cinéaste de 34 ans sur ses comptes Facebook et Twitter. De leur côté, les cinémas Renaissance ont également annoncé sur leur page Facebook qu'ils projetteraient le film à partir du 27 mars.

 

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Egypte: un film sur les juifs autorisé

Les services de la censure en Egypte ont autorisé aujourd'hui la sortie en salles d'un documentaire sur l'histoire de la communauté juive dans le pays, a annoncé son réalisateur, Amir Ramses. "Juifs d'Egypte" sortira le 27 mars dans deux cinémas au Caire et un troisième à Alexandrie, a-t-il précisé. Ce film avait obtenu une première licence l'an dernier mais celle-ci a expiré en octobre. Son renouvellement s'est heurté aux réserves de la Sûreté de l'Etat, a précisé le directeur du bureau de la censure.

 

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Egyptian film dubbed 'Muslim Brotherhood production' causes media controversy

Egyptian film dubbed 'Muslim Brotherhood production' causes media controversy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A short 45-minute film by young director Ezz El-Din Dowidar, a Muslim Brotherhood member, did not reach the screen of the Sayed Darwish Hall in Giza's Haram district on Friday. 

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement on 16 March, saying "In an absurd act of blatant discrimination, the Academy of Arts prevents showing a movie perceived as a ‘Brotherhood production’ in any movie theatre in Egypt," according to the Ikhwan Web, the Muslim Brotherhood's official English news website.

According to Ayman El-Shimi, current director of the Sayed Darwish Hall, the independent theatre does not fall under the management of the Academy of Arts. "We were approached by the organisers of what we were told was a Talents Event and we approved the event to take place," El-Shimi told Ahram Online. "Depending on the event's content, it's the organisers' responsibility to provide all formal permissions, something we communicated to the person renting the hall."


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Children of the Nile

Children of the Nile | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

From the Napoleon-era Description de l’Egypte to I.M Pei’s contemporary pyramid sculptures in front of the Louvre museum, the French have long been fascinated with all things Egyptian.

 

The latest exploration of Egyptian heritage is Les enfants du Nil (Children of the Nile), director Aurélie Chauleur’s documentary about a Saeedi (Upper Egyptian) family of musicians, screening this month at the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF).

 


Les enfants du Nil looks at traditional Saeedi life through the family of Mohamed Mourad, the patriarch of a band of gypsy musicians known as matagils.

 

Under the name Musicians of the Nile, they have achieved local and international fame performing at traditional feasts at home and festivals around the world. Married six times, Mourad has an extended family that includes 26 children and 55 grandchildren, all of them part of the family band.

 


Chauleur comes from the music industry, starting out as a music producer in Paris after graduating from the University of Sophia Antipolis in Nice. A three-year stint as the coordinator of the Festival of Polyphonic Meeting in Corsica gave her a taste for travel, so in 2006 she headed to the Indian subcontinent to discover its music and culture. While working with traditional musicians and street children to produce albums and videos, Chauleur joined the Delhi-based NGO Going to School for the humanitarian Girl Star campaign, which promoted girls’ education in India.

 


Now based in Paris, Chauleur continues to work for cultural festivals while using her camera in personal projects related to music and children. After Mozambico, Sketching the Music, her first documentary on the traditional music of Mozambique, Chauleur is currently making a series of poetic documentaries by children and for children. Children of the Nile is the first one with an intended follow-up in Morocco and another in India.

 


To realize the film, Chauleur travelled to the Luxor village of Abu Djoud, not far from Karnak Temple, to follow Mourad’s grandchildren Raouda and Bastud through their daily life, community and traditions. In the run-up to LAFF, Chauleur sat down to discuss the film’s inspiration and reception around the world.

 

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Ahmed Atef,réalisateur Egyptien: "Je crois fortement au cinéma engagé »

Ahmed Atef,réalisateur Egyptien: "Je crois fortement au cinéma engagé » | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Il est critique de cinéma à Al Ahram, un des plus grands quotidiens égyptiens.Après avoir accompli ses études en Egypte, France, Allemagne, Espagne et Etats-Unis, Ahmed Atef entame sa carrière comme réalisateur de documentaires; il en a fait huit sur la dure réalité de la vie en Egypte avec courage et audace, suivis de trois longs métrages: Omar, How to let girls love you, Al Ghaba produits par sa propre société, Egypte Films… Il vient de réaliser un film sur le guerre en Syrie. Bab al charki (la porte de l’Est), un film bouleversant et inédit sur la lutte intestine qui secoue la société syrienne entre pro et opposants de Bachar El Assad. Première sortie mondiale, Ahmed Atef l’a présenté récemment à la 23e édition du Fespaco. Il nous en parle.

 

L’Expression: Pourquoi un film sur la guerre en Syrie fait par un cinéaste égyptien?

Ahmed Atef: Un an après, je n’ai trouvé aucun cinéaste qui a fait un film sur la révolution syrienne malgré ce qui s’est passé, alors que la Syrie, c’est aussi l’un des grands centres de l’audiovisuel, au Moyen-Orient et dans le monde arabe. Ils produisent pas moins d’une centaine de séries télé, ils ont de bons cinéastes. Pour moi, la guerre en Syrie est différente des autres révolutions arabes, c’est un signe du silence du conscient collectif. C’est comme des comédies musicales où il y a en arrière-fond des assassinats quotidiennement, qu’on n’arrive pas arrêter. Après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, on est censé ne pas laisser les choses, continuer comme ça. Chaque jour, on se retrouve avec 300 morts tout âge confondu. Moi je crois à la force et au pouvoir de l’image qui peut être au devant de la machine de la mort. On a vu que qu’en Egypte, les images sur la révolution ont circulé en vidéo et ont joué un rôle majeur. Les gens ont pu s’entraîner, casser le mur de la peur et se réunir loin de la police pour faire leur révolution avant de sortir dans la rue. Avec tous les massacres qui se produisent en Syrie on devrait faire des films et en parler, ne pas arrêter de crier, car c’est notre seule façon puissante pour répondre à ce silence pénible des politiciens qui se réunissent, en vain. Chacun pèse ses intérêts avant tout. Nous avons fait ce long métrage de notre poche. Imaginez, personne n’en a payé un sou. (...)

 

Le film est-il passé au Caire?

Il y est passé il y a une quinzaine de jours. Le film a fait bouger un peu les choses. J’ai déjà fait en 2009 un film sur les enfants de la rue qui a eu un Prix ici, au Fespaco, et quand ce dernier avait été présenté en Egypte, il y a eu des groupes de jeunes bénévoles, pour la question des enfants de rue, qui ont été créés. C’est ça le Prix, et le meilleur cadeau qu’un film peut bien me faire.

 

Plus: http://www.algerie360.com/divertissement/ahmed-atefrealisateur-egyptienje-crois-fortement-au-cinema-engage/

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Cairo screening of documentary film about the life of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (1943-2010)

Cairo screening of documentary film about the life of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (1943-2010) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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'The Square' Filmmakers Comment On Ahmadinejad's Visit To Egypt.

'The Square' Filmmakers Comment On Ahmadinejad's Visit To Egypt. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

'The Square,' by 'Control Room' director Jehane Noujaim, won Sundance's best world documentary audience award. She and producer Karim Amer comment on Ahmadinejad visit to Egypt.

 

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Filmmakers: Muslim Brotherhood Falling Into Same Trap As Mubarak 

 

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/videos/news/filmmakers-muslim-brotherhood-falling-into-same/vpzCj/

 

 

 

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Egyptian filmmaker Amr Salama confronts attitudes to HIV and AIDS

Egyptian filmmaker Amr Salama confronts attitudes to HIV and AIDS | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Asmaa is a gripping film that tackles a taboo which is difficult to discuss for its perceived associations with homosexuality, prostitution and drug use, writes Renzo Bruni in a review.

 

The 24th of January 2011 was an auspicious date for Egyptian liberals and human rights activists. It was the eve of the ‘Egyptian Spring’ and one can only imagine the heady excitement and fear of those who knew they would take to the streets to demonstrate against Hosni Mubarak’s regime the following day, especially after seeing the Tunisian President flee to Saudi Arabia just two weeks earlier. On a quieter note, it was also the day of the first screening in Cairo of Asmaa, a much overlooked film by Egyptian director Amr Salama and one of the few Arab films to explore issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Egyptian attitudes to HIV remain pretty woeful. Those who are HIV positive are forced to keep the condition a secret for fear of being shunned by the community, as many believe the disease can be passed on as easily as the cold. Even doctors rely more on superstition than fact in dealing with HIV-positive patients – according to one survey, 57 per cent of doctors believed HIV could be transmitted by mosquitoes, and many refuse to treat people with the condition..

 

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Based on the true story of one such person who could not obtain medical treatment, Salama’s film centres on Asmaa, a HIV-positive woman living in Cairo who suffers from gallstones but is refused the relatively simple operation to remove them when she reveals her HIV status.

Asmaa keeps her condition a secret from everybody except her father, in fear of how neighbours and colleagues will react. The height of the prejudice comes to a head at work, where Asmaa has long avoided providing her employer with her medical records. When assured that she can’t be fired for her HIV status she finally produces her records, only to be humiliated when her boss reveals her condition to her colleagues and asks them to vote on whether or not they feel able to work alongside her. A regretful show of hands forces Asmaa to leave her job behind.

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Egypt filmmaker says word ‘Jew’ still a source of ‘paranoia’

Egypt filmmaker says word ‘Jew’ still a source of ‘paranoia’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The word “Jew” when said in Egypt still causes paranoia, said Egyptian film director Amir Ramses, speaking after the ban on his film “Jews of Egypt” was lifted this week.

Venting his fury at Egypt’s national security for barring the film earlier this month, Ramses told Al Arabiya English on Saturday of his ironic journey towards obtaining his permit.

“Whenever anything is mentioned about an Egyptian Jew, (Egypt’s) national security has to get involved,” Ramses said, adding that his production had initially attempted to break such ideologies through exploring the life of Egypt’s Jewish community before the second Arab-Israeli war in 1956.

“For average Egyptian, there is no differentiation between the words ‘Jew,’ ‘Israeli’ and ‘Zionist.’ This is an offensive perspective in Egypt, which is just as offensive as considering Muslim being responsible for the Taliban’s actions.

“Egyptian Jews have as much right to be discussed as anyone else … they have as much right to live in Egypt,” Ramses said.

 

Eman El-Shenawi / Al-Arabiya

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This week in 1937: Egypt’s censors ban their first film

This week in 1937: Egypt’s censors ban their first film | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Celebrating the diamond jubilee of its confiscation of the film “Lashin” on 17 March 1937, Egypt’s Board of Censors marked the occasion by banning Amir Ramses’ “Jews of Egypt,” one day before it was set to be released in movie theaters last week.

The 1937 “Lashin,” directed by Fritz Kramp, was accused of bringing “insinuations related to the Royal Highness and the regime.” The film, set in an undisclosed Arab kingdom in the 13th century, moves between the impoverished and suffering people on one end, and a lavish sultan in his palace on another; in between lies the popular army head, Lashin.

As the kingdom swings between famine, conspiracies and Mongol conquests on its borders, Lashin tries to alert the deluded sultan, but gets crossed by Prime Minister Kangiar who puts him in jail, sparking a massive public revolt that ends with the sultan’s murder.

Having no choice but to lose their film altogether, “Lashin” producers Studio Misr reshot another end sequence for the film. Here, the sultan magically uncovers the conspiracy and triumphs over his enemies, ending with revolting waves of people by his palace door chanting, “Long live the fair sultan.”

 

Mohamed Beshir / Egypt independent

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"Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sensible dans un pays déchiré

"Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sensible dans un pays déchiré | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

D'abord interdit par les services de sécurité égyptiens, il sera finalement projeté dans les salles de cinéma. "Juifs d'Égypte", documentaire sur la communauté juive de l'ancien pays des pharaons, devrait pouvoir sortir au cinéma, en Égypte, le 27 mars, a annoncé mercredi son réalisateur, Amir Ramses.

"'Juifs d'Egypte' (sortira) le 27 mars au cinéma, nous avons gagné la guerre contre la Sécurité nationale. Nous avons eu le permis", s'est réjoui le cinéaste de 34 ans sur ses comptes Facebook et Twitter. De leur côté, les cinémas Renaissance ont également annoncé sur leur page Facebook qu'ils projetteraient le film à partir du 27 mars.

 

Plus: http://www.francetv.fr/culturebox/juifs-degypte-documentaire-sensible-dans-un-pays-dechire-133751

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Les services de la censure en Egypte ont autorisé aujourd'hui la sortie en salles d'un documentaire sur l'histoire de la communauté juive dans le pays, a annoncé son réalisateur, Amir Ramses. "Juifs d'Egypte" sortira le 27 mars dans deux cinémas au Caire et un troisième à Alexandrie, a-t-il précisé

 

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/03/20/97001-20130320FILWWW00629-egypte-un-film-sur-les-juifs-autorise.php

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Islamist-backed film banned in Egypt

Islamist-backed film banned in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s censors have banned the screening of a feature film produced by a Muslim Brotherhood-linked company, drawing condemnation from its makers.


Report was banned from hitting the local theatres this week due to what the chief censor said was a violation of relevant regulations.

 

More on: http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/islamist-backed-film-banned-in-egypt-1.1160374

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WOMEN'S LENS - Un coup d'oeil féminin: Amir Ramses: a man's film might destroy a myth

WOMEN'S LENS - Un coup d'oeil féminin: Amir Ramses: a man's film might destroy a myth | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Yesterday afternoon, movie director and screenwriter Amir Ramses came to my office in midtown Manhattan for an eagerly awaited conversation. I had heard about his film, "Jews of Egypt" from various friends who had caught the trailer on YouTube, and particularly from Joyce Zonana, with whom I had some lengthy discussions about the narrative surrounding the Jews of Egypt a couple of months ago.(...)

 

 What I did not realize is that Amir was going to be in New York for a few days in mid-March, during which time his film was supposed to have opened in cinemas across Egypt. On March 12, 2013, Egyptian National Security issued a ban on the film, despite the fact that it had been twice approved, once for  national distribution back in September of 2012, and another for export licensing.(...)

 

Naturally, when he arrived, and we finally sat down to face each other, it was impossible not to discuss the current situation in Egypt, that which followed the fall of Mubarak. Amir's English is charmingly accented with French, and I did sense that he would be more comfortable speaking in French, however, the greater portion of the conversation was in English.(...)

 

We needed to talk about the film (...) I.

AK: why this film? why now? why not 5 years ago, or 5 years from now?

AR: I have been working on this film since 2000...when I became curious about what had happened to the Jews of Egypt. Nasser, the expulsion of the Jews, the witch hunt for communists, the downward spiral of the country..

AK: What else could Nasser have done? He had to respond to the withdrawal of support from the British and the US; the nationalization of the Suez Canal was seen as a formidable coup against the West by other Arab countries. The Palestinians had great admiration for this man. After the establishment of the state of Israel, he seemed to be the only one who could stand up to the West.

AR: There is something wrong in Egyptian society. A lot of ignorance, and a need for vengeance. Look at the burning of buildings, the destruction of property...it's a shame. They don't want to listen. Also what happened with the banning of the film is absolutely illegal; it goes against all laws of freedom of speech and expression. People are not educated, they are not curious to know. But I have sensed a change in the last couple of years. (...)

 

The conversation continued; Amir told me that some British people were offering their help for worldwide distribution. And minutes before he was to leave the office, he said he was planning to air the film for Egyptians in an open air venue, which he would project onto the National Security Building of Egypt. He said I'm crazy...I'm not afraid...what can they do to me?



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Civilisations disparues - Egypte (7 mars 2013)

Publiée le 8 mars 2013
Au début des années 1850, des fouilles dirigées par l'égyptologue français Auguste Mariette mettent au jour des sphinx et de nombreuses sépultures, les mastabas. Au cours de ses recherches sur le plateau de Saqqarah, il découvre l'entrée d'une tombe. Il s'agit de la nécropole consacrée au dieu Apis, le Sérapéum. Mariette ne parvient pas à déchiffrer les inscriptions en égyptien démotique, une forme simplifiée d'écriture. Avec l'aide de l'Allemand Heinrich Brugsch, spécialiste du démotique qui l'assiste dans la traduction, il parvient à rassembler une collection d'objets qui sera exposée plus tard au musée des Antiquités au Caire

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Cult Palestinian documentary heads to Cairo

Cult Palestinian documentary heads to Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The cultural programme at Dina's Hostel in downtown Cairo is set to host a film screening this Sunday of Oscar nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi.

The film is a firsthand account of an attack by Israeli soldiers on the residents of a West Bank village, who were practising non-violent resistance in the face of the expansion of Israeli settlements.

The film's title refers to the number of cameras owned by Burnat, a resident of the village, that were broken by Israeli forces during the five years over which the film was shot. (...)

The film was funded partially by the Israeli government, in spite of the fact that it criticises the Israeli army, causing controversy among both Palestinian and Israeli viewers.

The documentary has been highly acclaimed; apart from an Oscar nomination in the Documentary Feature category, "5 Broken Cameras" was featured in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won the World Cinema Directing Award.(...)

 

Programme:
Sunday, 17 February at 7pm
Dina's Art Center, 42 Abdel-Khalek

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Grand mufti approves death penalty for 'Innocence of Muslims' producers

Grand mufti approves death penalty for 'Innocence of Muslims' producers | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa has approved a death sentence delivered in absentia for seven Coptic Egyptian expats accused of producing and acting a movie deemed insulting to Islam.
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The declaration was made Tuesday by a judge at the Cairo Criminal Court.

Egypt's State Security Court had sentenced the defendants in November to death and referred the verdict to the mufti for approval. (...)

Five of the defendants live in the United States, one in Australia and another in Canada.

Prosecutors accused them of provoking sectarianism, blasphemy and endangering national unity and social peace. They had also been accused of posting an Internet invitation to divide Egypt into several states along ethnic and religious lines

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