Rebecca Hillauer

in Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249433
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190089 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  26689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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