WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza
Dir. Michelle Paymar | 92 min
Canada, Egypt, France, Israel, United States
Saturday, May 118:30 PM E Street Cinema
Sunday, May 128:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre
In 1896, Solomon Schechter entered the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Cairo and discovered a vast treasure trove of manuscripts that revolutionized our understanding of Jewish history and illuminated a thousand years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world.
An accidental archive of more than half a million documents, the Cairo Geniza reveals the richness of Judeo-Arabic culture and reflects periods of relative religious co-existence nearly unimaginable today.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Michelle Paymar.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Michelle Paymar
Michelle Paymar produced, directed, and filmed From Cairo to the Cloud. Her independent work has screened at festivals around the world and she has extensive credits as a director and writer of documentary and non-fiction television programs for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CBC, MTV, CTV, Travel, Discovery, History, and other major broadcasters. Her production company, D-Facto Filmstudio, makes independent documentaries and promotional films for nonprofits and NGOs. Clients include Amnesty International (Canada), Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (California), and the Ayubowan Women’s Project (Sri Lanka). Earlier films include her pioneering AIDS documentary, For Our Lives, and Sippie, a documentary about classic blues artist Sippie Wallace (Co-Directed with Roberta Grossman). She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. Paymar is a member of the International Documentary Association and Women in Film.
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