On Sunday, August 26, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was delighted to present as part of AJFF Connects, and in partnership with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, an encore presentation of Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, celebrating the unique cross-section of cultures that informed the development of Indian cinema, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross.
With over 125 in attendance, members of different faiths enjoyed delicious traditional bites, including hummus, pita, sweets, and chai tea, with lively conversation before the film, while tours of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, a place of congregational worship for Shia Ismaili Muslims, took place. Munir Meghjani, leader and connector within the Ismaili community, and AJFF Board Member Rabbi Brad Levenberg highlighted the partnership between AJFF and the Muslim community before introducing the film.
Shalom Bollywood was followed by a Bollywood dance performance by DanceFlix Academy. Audience members were also invited to participate in an impromptu dance lesson from the Academy’s director, Anusha Hussaini.
AJFF Connects is part of AJFF’s year-round programming. Helmed by a volunteer Community Engagement Committee and AJFF Community Programming Manager Katherine Price, this mission-driven initiative of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival seeks to build bridges and find new ways to inspire dialogue through the cinema arts.
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