Cultural Events

Lecture by Esther David

  Lecture by writer Esther David about rites and rituals of a fast diminishing Jewish community, which still retains its identity and survives in western India.  This narrative unfolds at the Magen Abraham Synagogue, Ahmedabad, where festivals, engagements, weddings, ‘Bar-Mitzvahs,’ ‘circumcisions,’ Sabbath prayers and a ‘Malida,’ are held as a thanksgiving by Bene Israel Jews. It also relates to the search of being Jewish in a ... Read More »

Exhibition: I am a seed of the tree…

“I am a seed of the tree…” is an exhibition on the life cycle and rituals of Bene Israel Jews of Ahmedabad. The photographs are by Bindi Sheth and text is written by Esther David, which is part of her forthcoming book titled “I am a seed of the Tree.” Through 40 photographs, about 150 Ahmedabadi Bene Israel Jews of Ahmedabad ... Read More »

Concert: Arties

Arties’ musicians are multifaceted artists who share a passion for music and an impressive curiculam vitae. They have all won several international contests (Dublin, Hamamatsu, Munich, Nielsen, Firenze, Long Thibaud, Heerlen…), play on some of the most prestigious stages worldwide (Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Tsuda Hall in Tokyo, Forbidden city hall in Beijing, Theatre des ... Read More »

Film: Comme des voleurs (à l’Est), 2006

Switzerland / France, September 2006 When Lionel learns by chance that his family originates from Poland, a chain of events is set off that will change his and his sister Lucie’s lives forever. Brother and sister make their way to eastern Europe in a “borrowed” car from Radio Suisse, not completely sure if they are descendents from a Polish family. ... Read More »

Film: Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (2013)

Victoria just got out on parole, tasting freedom for the first time in years. Florence has done her time, and reconnects with her lover from prison. They hole up in a sugar shack out in the woods, relearning life on the outside. Guillaume is Vic’s parole officer. As he watches over the women’s reintegration, their different ambitions and personalities pull ... Read More »

Swiss Film: Un Autre Homme (A)

by Lionel Baier, Switzerland, Aug 2008 Although he hasn’t got a clue about film, François writes reviews for a small local weekly in the Vallée de Joux. Rosa is a well-known critic working for a benchmark-setting daily. A kinky relationship develops between the two of them, leading François to discover the inner workings of desire: desire of a woman, of a ... Read More »

Film: Seducing Dr. Lewis (La Grande séduction)

Canada 2003 A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village in Québec, Ste. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis a local. English subtitles Read More »

Presentations on Cinema from Quebec

Mr. Dial Singh, from the Canadian Trade Office, will begin the evening by an introduction of the subject and the speaker. This will be followed by a presentation on Contemporary Cinema from Quebec by Mr. Alain Olivier, director of the Quebec Government Office, Mumbai. Read More »