The Birth of the Seventh Art in Alexandria

Editors: Mohamed Awad and Sahar Hamouda

This CD celebrates the centennial of the birth of the seventh art in Egypt. It includes an impressive list of firsts in Egypt which all took place in Alexandria: the first screening of a Lumière brothers’ film in the Toussoun Bourse in 1896, the inauguration of the first cinema hall in 1897, the shooting of the first French film Alexandria’s Place des Consuls in 1897, the first film studio in Egypt established by Aziz and Dorés in 1907, and the first Egyptian short documentary filmed by photographers Aziz and Dorés in 1907, to name but a few. The CD was published as part of the Alex Cinema project funded by the European Union.