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Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers$
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Rebecca Hillauer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789774249433

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774249433.001.0001

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Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Rebecca Hillauer

American University in Cairo Press

The capital of Egypt, Cairo, is often called “The Hollywood on the Nile” because of the numerous films produced in the country. The types of film they produced and their production structure have led to comparison with Hollywood, yet this brought fame not only to film stars and starlets but also to their dialect spoken in Cairo. Egypt is the only Arab country that was able to establish a local film industry even before national independence. After the Second World War, the economy of Egypt began to upswing, and due to the destruction of Europe in the war. Then the film industry began to boom, production companies grew and the number of films produced also rose. Furthermore, one of the filmmakers who took advantage of this situation was Ateyyat El Abnoudy, who is known as one of the best female documentary filmmakers in Egypt.

Keywords:   Egypt, Cairo, production companies, film industry, films, Ateyyat El Abnoudy, documentary filmmakers

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