Baghdadis & the Bene Israel in Bollywood & Beyond

At a time when custom and tradition kept many Indian women from performing in movies, liberated Jewish actresses and Jewish scriptwriters pioneered the building of the now world-renowned Bollywood brand. “Baghdadis & The Bene Israel in Bollywood & Beyond,” a new exhibit in ASF’s Leon Levy Gallery, explores this fascinating yet largely forgotten history by showcasing the careers of Pramila (Esther Victoria Abraham), (Florence Ezekiel) Nadira, Sulochana (Ruby Myers), Abraham & Rachel Sofaer, Ezra Mir, RJ Minney, and Joseph David Penkar, each of whom played multiple roles in front of and behind-the-scenes. The exhibit is composed of books and ephemera from the Kenneth & Joyce Robbins Collection.

presented by the American Sephardi Federation

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