“Jews of Egypt – End of a Journey” (pictured) a sequel to Egyptian director Amir Ramses’ widely well-received 2012 docu “Jews of Egypt,” about one of the darkest chapters in modern Egyptian history — the Jewish exodus from Egypt — will have its world preem as the opener of the 17th Ismailia Intl. Film Festival.
Located in a port city on the west bank of the Suez Canal, the Ismailia fest is an an important incubator for cinematic renewal in the Arab world. Docus are the most common genre used to depict the changes underway due to political turbulence in countries such as Egypt and others in the region.
Festival Director Mohamed Hefzy has announced that 42 films from 32 countries, including feature-length docus, short docus, and also animation, will unspool.
Fest will run June 3-8.