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“This remarkable new film…brings viewers a lively, deeply informed introduction to one of the world’s most astonishing collections of documents about the Middle East.” Professor Stefan Reiff Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge University
From Cairo to the Cloud - The World of the Cairo Geniza tells the fascinating story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts discovered in the geniza, or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Cairo.
The Geniza is not only the largest cache of Jewish history ever found, it is a window into a vanished civilization, with over 350,000 documents illuminating over a thousand years of Jewish, Christian and Moslem life in the heart of the Islamic world.
It is an accidental archive of unprecedented diversity, including religious texts and medical prescriptions, literary treasures and love letters, marriage contracts and business reports, magical amulets and children’s drawings. The voices from the Geniza echo through the centuries with uncanny intimacy and immediacy, bringing to life a long-silent world.
It is a collection larger, more varied and, arguably, more significant than the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. Yet the captivating story of the Cairo Geniza is not widely known.