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Cinema, Arabic, Jews in
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1.Jewish Involvement in Arabic Cinema

      Although an independent Arabic film industry did not really develop until the late 1920s and early 1930s in Egypt, Jewish involvement in Arabic cinema actually began decades earlier. It was a Tunisian Jew, Albert Samama Chikly, who first brought film to North Africa. A French citizen very much in tune with the Western technological innovations of the day, Chikly introduced the bicycle, the radio, and X-ray technology, as well as motion pictures, to the Maghreb. In 1896 an…

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Walker Robins, “Cinema, Arabic, Jews in”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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