The unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry.

Shalom Bollywood

Documentary | Foreign | 2019

Synopsis

A celebration of the all-singing, all-dancing history of the world’s largest film industry, 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.

At the advent of the Indian cinema industry, it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on-screen. Indian Jewish women took upon the female lead roles, and continued to do so for decades. Using stage names, the women weren’t obviously identified as Jewish, and were commonly thought to be Christian or Muslim.

With access to rare archival footage, Danny Ben-Moshe’s (My Mother’s Lost Children) new documentary tells its extraordinary tale through the lives of Indian cinema’s Jewish icons at the heart of Bollywood from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

Producers

Danny Ben-Moshe

Director

Danny Ben-Moshe

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Official Selection, Mostly British Film Festival 2019
Official Selection, Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, International South Asian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Indian Film Festival of Houston 2018
Official Selection, Austin Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Dallas Asian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Rochester Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Jewish Motifs Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Sacramento Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Washington Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, UK Asian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival 2018
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Official Selection, Houston Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Denver Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Miami Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection, UK Jewish Film Festival 2017
Official Selection, Jewish International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection, Mumbai International Film Festival 2017