About the Chronicles of Egyptian Cinema
By Aly Aboushady
A book translated into French by Abla Abdel- Hafiz Salem
The idea of the book when it was proposed in Paris to create a chronological show of the most important events in the history of cinema in Egypt since the first screening in Tosson Stock Exchange, Alexandria on November 5, 1896 until 1995 as part of celebrations of the Arab Institute of the centenary of the first film screening in Egypt. It was agreed that the book has objective look at facts and events without critical comments following similar methods in the history of world cinema.
While embarking on the implementation, I faced many difficulties due to the scattering of information in dozens of sources , as well as opposing information in different sources and the absence of scientific references so it was necessary to work on researching using a scientific method ... and the book came in the end monitor and document the most important facts and events in the history of cinema in Egypt including films, theaters and directors, and prizes in order to offer a complete panorama about the most important happenings every year depending on cinematic centers and researches by professors who tried to document the information each in his/her fields .
The first edition that was published by the Supreme Council of Culture in 1997 was entitled Chronicles of the Egyptian Cinema in a Hundred Years from 1896 to 1995 was translated into English in 1999. The second edition was published by Damascus Film Festival in 2001 was entitled Chronicles of the Egyptian Cinema in a the 20th Century after adding the years 1996 to 2000, then was the third edition entitled Chronicles of Egyptian cinema 1896-2002, adding two more years and this is the edition which have been translated into French and published by the third edition of Luxor African Festival Cinema 2014
The book is a most important references for researchers and specialized professionals , critics and film lovers in Egypt and the Arab World and Africa.