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The audio and films for this section have all been recently shot in Calcutta. We drew on the handful of people that are still here to talk about Jewish Calcutta, so they could share their memories. Cyril Cohen and Aaron Harazi, two of the most elderly in the community, were interviewed and filmed. They spoke of their school days and work life when the community was thriving. We filmed in the synagogues and the Jewish Girls' School. We wanted to showcase the magnificent synagogues and also give the viewers a clear sense of how they are situated today. The synagogues are on busy commercial streets and no longer in use, and matzah-s are no longer made in Calcutta. There has not been a Jewish girl in the Jewish Girls' School for about 40 years, but the school still thrives and provides its students with a sound education. Minati De, whose husband worked at the National Tobacco factory speaks about what it was like to live as part of a Jewish community. Flower Silliman cooks some of the favorite dishes of the Calcutta Jewish community. A shoot at the racecourse with Elijah Twena, an avid racer, speaks of how racing was a well-loved pastime among the Jewish community. Ayal Joshua has contributed a video he has made about his search for his past in Calcutta. News report on Rajya Sabha TV provides a 30-minute overview on the history of the community. Raz Joshua, (living in Florida now), performs Haggadah blessings using traditional chants and rites from Kolkata during a Passover celebration. A video made by his friend, shows general JFR Jacob reading his favorite poetry. A short film, "Mukti" provides a glimpse into JFR Jacob's role in capturing Dhaka during Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. World famous Kolkata-born sculptor Gerry Judah talks about "Bengal" piece through which he revisits his homeland and raises awareness about the climate change.  Today one must search for “Jewish Calcutta”, that for the most part, has been consumed by the City. A trailer of Shalom Bollywood introduces audience to the story of Jewish movie stars who were crucial in the forming years of Bollywood. A short feature by 101 India talks about the present and the past of Calcutta's Jews and interviews some of the last members of the community.