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16th Annual 2018 Austin Jewish Film Festival

2018 Austin Jewish Film Festival – October 7 – November 11, 2018
October 7 – Special screening – Shalom Bollywood at Shalom Austin JCC, Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane
October 27 – November 2 – Week-Long Film Festival at the Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail
November 11 – “The Festival Continues” at Shalom Austin JCC, Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane

The Austin Jewish Film Festival presents “Shalom Bollywood” in collaboration with Indie Meme Film Festival

The Indie Meme Film Festival is an Austin-based South Asian film festival presenting unique and powerful stories from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Bhutan.

Where: Shalom Austin Community Hall, Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin 78731
When: Sunday, October 7
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: $12 BUY TICKETS
Lights snacks will be served.
You can purchase your AJFF Flex Pass (which includes “Shalom Bollywood”) for $99 at this event. The Pass is valid for 10 admissions to the film(s) of your choice at the upcoming Festival at any venue.
Title: Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story Of Indian Cinema
Running: 76 min.
Director: Danny Ben-Moshe
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Hindi (with subtitles)
Country: Australia, India
Year: 2017
Synopsis
“Shalom Bollywood” 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 more liberal and progressive, took on female lead roles, which they then dominated for decades. Because these stars used stage names, audiences assumed they were Muslims or Christians—until now! From the silent era through Bollywood’s golden age, Indian cinema icons share their highs and lows and how their careers pushed the boundaries of Indian-Jewish culture. Interviews plus rare archival footage and retro-style music and animation revive the all-singing, all-dancing cheeky feel of a Bollywood production.