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From Cairo to the Cloud - The World of the Cairo Geniza

Michelle Paymar
Michelle Paymar
A Caucasian man is holding up an ancient scroll while smiling.

Cairo to the Cloud tells the captivating story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts discovered in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Old 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.

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 known to only a few.

Until now.

Cairo to the Cloud is the first documentary feature about the Cairo Geniza, exposing new audiences to this unique treasure and the rich, complex world it reveals.

Your support will enable us to finish the film by funding:

Final editingSound mixingColor gradingGraphics and EffectsLicensing archival footage, photographs, images and musicPreparing the film for broadcast, festival and educational distribution