Streaming Timeframe: Sun. March 7, 2pm - Wed. March 10, 2pm (sales end 2 hrs before; no grace period after 72-hour timeframe expires)
About The Film
In 1896, Talmudic scholar Solomon Schechter entered the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Cairo, known as the Geniza. There, he found a vast treasure trove of cast-off documents and paper scraps hidden for centuries that revolutionized our understanding of Jewish history. Suddenly, historians gained insight into thousands of years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world. From sacred manuscripts to everyday personal correspondence with Muslim and Christian neighbors to young children practicing the Hebrew alphabet, the Cairo Geniza contains the largest compendium of Jewish artifacts ever found.
But after their discovery, the documents were dispersed among 70 different libraries and collections worldwide. Today, thanks to an unprecedented international effort, the riches of these archives have been digitally reunited, from Cairo to "the cloud," where they are freely accessible online to everyone everywhere.
This illuminating and well-researched documentary tells the story of the world's most extraordinary collection of ancient Jewish relics and their astounding odyssey into the modern world.
A note from filmmaker Michelle Paymar: "The film was very well-attended at the New York Sephardi Film Festival and the Sephardic Film Festival of Montreal and features "Sephardic" Jews from the areas around the Mediterranean, including Portugal, Spain, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. [...] There are documents in Ladino (and many other languages!) in the Geniza, but the Geniza people mostly spoke Arabic and wrote Judeo-Arabic, Arabic written with Hebrew letters."
From Cairo to the Cloud
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