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Films, documentaries and readings #2

Those Days At The Races:

Elijah Twena takes us on a tour of the race course highlighting Jewish interest in racing.

My Calcutta Roots:

Ayal Joshua explores his Jewish roots in the cemeteries, streets and synagogues of Calcutta.

Jews: Fading Into History

A special report aired on The Rajya Sabha Channel. Please click on the link to watch the programme: Jews: Fading Into History,

Passover with Sabba Raz

A Pesach with the Joshua family in Florida. Raz Joshua performs some of the Hagadah blessings using the original melodies and chants of the Calcutta Jewish community.   

Contributed by Ayal Joshua, son of Raz Joshua, 2016.  





Poetry Reading by General Jacob

As recorded by his dear friend Jayesh Mathur.

Mukti: A Film on General Jacob

The film is written and directed by Manu Chobe. It gives us a glimpse of the contributions of General Jacob - played by Milind Soman - in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.


While this movie is “based on a true incident” the two books by General Jack Jacob, Surrender At Dacca and An Odyssey in War and Peace, paint a different picture.  While some or all of General Jacob’s argument depicted in the film could have been used to convince General Niazi to surrender, they certainly were not delivered in the one-on-one jousting tournament depicted in the film as there were a few other military persons from both sides present in the room during the discussions. General Jacob took with him to Dacca Air Commodore Purushottam and Colonel of Intelligence Khara.  Upon arrival in Niazi’s HQ he writes in Surrender At Dacca page 141 that present at the discussions were Maj Gen Rao Farman Ali, Maj Gen Jamshed, Rear Adm Shariff, Air Cmdre Imam, Brig Baqa Siddiqui and the Indian Maj Gen Nagra.  In neither book does he mention a Captain who argues with and pressures his General regarding the recording of or conduct of the negotiations.

Gerry Judah: Tipping Point

One of the famous Gerry Judah's sculptures, raising awareness about the global warming and it's impact on Bengal

Haidar Ali, son of Victoria Esther Abraham (Pramila) wrote the screenplay of Jodha Akbar, and performed this song in the movie as well.