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Egypt bans film about local Jewish community

Egyptian security services have banned a film about the Jews of Egypt on the eve of its scheduled release, the film’s director told AFP on Tuesday according to the Israeli news agency Arutz Sheva. “The film was banned by National Security,” Amr Ramses told the news agency by telephone from New York. The film, which documents the lives of members of the Egyptian Jewish community in the first half of the 20th century, exploring themes of identity and tolerance, was meant to be screened in three cinemas on Wednesday, the report said. “The head of the censorship board said National Security wanted to see a copy and they refused” to have the film screened, Ramses said.The documentary had already received approval from the censorship board, and Ramses said he planned to take legal action to have the decision reversed.

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