This colourful feature length documentary reveals the unlikely story of the 2000–year old Indian-Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian-Jewish women, who were generally more liberal and progressive, took on female lead roles, which they then dominated for decades. Shalom Bollywood tells the tale of these “nice Jewish girls” who became icons at the heart of Indian cinema from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. This exploration of the Jewish Bollywood icons celebrates interfaith relations, in what is described as a land without anti-Semitism - Jewish stars married Muslims and Hindus, harmoniously sharing in each other customs, as religious differences were put aside in the pursuit of a shared goal and passion: making great films. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. After the screening enjoy free live Bollywood music outdoors at Mississauga Civic Centreas part of Bollywood Monster Mashup, the largest South Asian Festival in Canada.
SATURDAY JULY 20, 4:30pm - FREE
Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga Central Library
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga ON
Free parking available onsite and nearby
Presented by Ashkenaz Festival and Monstrartity, in association with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and with the support of Polyphonic Ground and the Department of Canadian Heritage.